As I was researching locations for the recent Part 4 of Ye Bigge Sleepe, I concentrated on the Dorsoduro portion of Venice, because the Università Ca’ Foscari, one of the places that figured in the story is there. That jogged a memory from a walk The Counselor and I took there one afternoon, with only a general idea of a destination in mind.
We encountered this scene:
We’d happened upon Lo Squero di San Trovaso: “The Boat Builders of San Trovaso.”
In numerous trips to Venice, we’d seen hundreds of boats and ridden in a few, including gondolas. I’d never seriously wondered where gondolas come from, but that’s one place.
The boatyard is marked with a red flag near the bottom center of the map:
According to their website, the squero has been there since at least the 17th Century. The wooden architecture of the boatyard buildings isn’t typically…
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I have never written more than a few words about Venice, Italy in this blog, despite the fact that I’ve visited there more times than almost any other city on the planet. I have been to a number of cities in the U.S. more often, but only because work took me there repeatedly. Venice stands as one of my favorite places, period.
I’m not alone. Websites, blogs and travel magazines include stories about Venice in endless profusion. It’s so well-reported, in fact, that I’ve hesitated to try to say something or show you something you don’t already know.
Venice is an immensely popular destination. In 2014, Venice — which has fewer than 60,000 permanent residents — had approximately 20 million visitors.
As a result, Venice is a crowded place in the prime season. How much? Look at this July scene in Piazza San Marco:
That’s as far as we ventured into the jam-packed St…
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Fine Art Photographer Andy Parker is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this street photography. To see Andy’s gallery of projects click on any image.
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