Venice, Italy banned pleasure boats from the Grand Canal

From August 1, recreational boats such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and more will be banned from the canal.


The local population and tourists in Venice will have to find another way of getting around the city now that a new regulation will ban certain types of boats from the Canal grande.

With effect from 1 August, authorities are now banning recreational boats, such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and others can be used in the canal, The Local reported. People who live or own businesses in the historic district, however, are exempted from the full ban and still be able to have their boats for a limited time.

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And don’t worry if you have your heart set on a gondola ride – traditional Venetian boats are still allowed.

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After the death of a German tourist in 2013, regulations on the Grand Canal slowly be tightened, beginning with less ferries on the river westerschelde, The Local reported in 2013.

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The new measure is simply a further piling up of measures in the name of public safety. Until August 1, recreational boats were only allowed on the channel at the busiest times of the day.

The prohibition not only of influence on the Grand Canal, but also Cannaregio Canal and other waterways. Less pressure, smaller channels will have only the enforcement of the ban on certain times of the day, namely the peak hours.

If you’re planning a trip to Venice, you can save a few euros for the public transport.

This story was originally published by Travel + Leisure.

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