Canals In Venice Have Gone Dry During Peak Season, Tourists Can't Go Boating And It's Really Sad

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Misfortune has struck Venice and that too in the peak of the tourist season. The historic city’s famous canals have dried up and the condition is a big blow to the rowing on gondola, which is the main attraction in the Italian city. The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. Gondolas are seen tied up in Venice Canal Grande, near Rialto bridge, as exceptionally low tides have drained the lagoon city. Gondoliers are required to wear black pants, a striped shirt, and closed dark shoes. They usually have a special hat but don’t always wear it. Here are some images that show how the entire business has been affected badly.

1. The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon.

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  1. A couple hundred years ago there were about 10,000 gondolas but today there are only about 500. The shocking part is that these gondolas were left beached on muddy canal beds.

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  1. In 2016, water levels were reported as 70 centimetres below normal levels, curtailing transport by gondola or water taxi for much of the day.

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  1. It is the third year in a row that Venice’s canals have been left without water although they are also prone to heavy flooding several times a year.

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  1. Since 1951, Venice’s population has steadily shrunk from 175,000 to some 55,000. Several factors are blamed, including high prices driven by a boom in tourism, the logistics of supplying a carless city, and the erosion of canal-side apartment buildings by lapping waters.

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  1. Gondoliers stand up to row and use only one oar, as this is the best way to row through the narrow canals of Venice.

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  1. Along with the lack of waterways maintenance, residents in the city have also expressed their concerns over the high numbers of tourists who flock to Venice daily. 

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  1. However, the official rates if you’re using a gondola as a taxi are €80 ($104) for up to 6 people for a 40-minute ride; additional 20 minute increments cost €40 ($52).

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9. After 7pm, the price rises to €100 ($130) for 40 minutes, €50 ($65) each additional 20 minutes.

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10. Visitors of Venice shocked after low tides canals dry.

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  1. Gondolas are seen in festival parades and in regate or rowing competitions.

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  1. Most people recommend taking a gondola ride on the quiet back canals rather than on the crowded Grand Canal.

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