Happy Halloween folks! On this special night, I’ll give you a piece of advice regarding our beautiful canals and sea.
Apparently, diving in the green Venetian water attracts lots of tourists, as locals have been witnessing for years; this summer was no exception actually. After all, Venetians too used to do so in the past.
So.. what’s the matter? Why are they complaining now? What’s the reason behind authorities and locals raling against people plunging in the Grand Canal?
First of all, you must know that diving or swimming in the old town centre is forbidden by law. Therefore, if you’re yearning for a dip in the Adriatic sea, you better reach Lido, which is a proper bathing zone. Moreover, in the case the existence of a specific rule isn’t a deterrent enough for you, remember that this great stunt of yours could cost you something like fifty euros(and your health, as I’m about to explain), that is the possible amount of the penalty.
In addition, I must say that it’s not just your money you’re risking, but your life too. Actually, nowadays Venice suffers of quite the traffic jam due to the mass of tourists swarming around the city; this makes it a lot easier for those going for a dip to hit a boat and get injured(see what happened to this New Zealander).
Furthermore, Venetian waters are quite polluted. Both industry chemicals and home detergents are ruining the cleanliness of the canals, as you can see and smell. Don’t forget that the city centre is just a few kilometres away from Porto Marghera, an area where, in the ’70s, industries disposed of their products and toxic waste offshore, resulting in an increase in cancer-related diseases with hundreds of victims among the inhabitants(click here for information about the pollution of the place).
Last but not least, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but poetic Venice was characterised by an open air sewage system in a not-so-distant past: this means that the vast majority of raw sewage produced by Venetians was flushed directly into the canals, therefore you’re basically swimming in s***e.
Not to mention that nutrie, that is big rats, love swimming there too.
Of course this facts aren’t meant to prevent you from visiting this incredible and enchanting city: Venice is safe, you won’t die, you’ll probably feel re-born by its beauty. Just, you know, don’t enter the lagoon, since you are now aware of what you could find.
Enjoy your stay, visit museums, wander, get lost, eat, drink, do whatever pleases you and if looking for a beach head to Lido or directly to Jesolo!
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