Venice Odds & Ends
ABOVE: An indoor boatyard returns
a boat to the water.
Venice Gondola Serenade Tour
It sounded like kitsch, but floating down a canal with a baritone and a
guitarist in the next gondola turned out to be fun--and maybe even a little
High tide, low atmospheric pressure, and a scirocco wind can make Venice
feel like Atlantis. Our illustrated article tells what to expect and how to
prepare for "high water."
Tourist Fines for Illegal Behavior
article before you sit on the pavement, feed a pigeon, or take off your shirt.
Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a
self-drive Pénichette from Locaboat Holidays.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise europeforcruisers.com
Our illustrated 10-page Europe for Cruisers review describes a roundtrip cruise from Venice to
Istanbul on an Italian megaship with five official languages and a thoroughly
di Tintoretto veniceforvisitors.com
Roberto Mazzetto manages a nonprofit graphics studio in the workshop of a 15th
Murano and Murano Glass
The Venetian glass industry has been centered on the nearby island of Murano since 1292.
Murano glassblowers once risked death if they revealed their secrets, but today their
techniques are published on the Web.
Lug Sail Association
The Associazione Vela al Terzo offers regatta schedules and information on
sailing courses in the Venetian lagoon. (If you don't read Italian, try Google
Official Gondola Site
Learn about the gondola's history, or assemble a bibliography of books (mostly
in Italian) about gondolas and Venice.
The Venice Marathon takes place each year in October. If you're interested in
running (or watching), use the e-form to get on the mailing list.
Venice Master Artisans
If you buy just one coffee-table book about Venice, make it this one. The
large-format, 272-page book has 210 color photos and 30 profiles of artisans
who use traditional techniques to make everything from glass to footwear to
metal castings. (There's even an American-born gondola maker.)