|The good ship Raptus of Sestante di Venezia|
Well, one more affordable option is offered by a friend of ours, Fabio, in the form of "eco-sustainable tours" around the lagoon, either in a smaller flat-bottomed motorboat with room for 11, or a larger boat (pictured above) with room for as many as 56 people.
The name of his company is Sestante di Venezia, and you can see a complete description of the variety of tours available--not just on boats, but on foot and on bikes as well--at http://www.sestantedivenezia.it/sestantevenezia/ (in Italian and English).
|Annual maintenance on a wood boat in a marina on the south side of Giudecca|
|The church of Le Zitelle seen from the south lagoon|
|The lack of boat traffic and waves in the south lagoon makes it the ideal place to learn to row...|
|...as well as for more experienced rowers to train|
|It was the unsustainability of these unsightly--but job-producing--industries on Giudecca (foreground) and Marghera (background) that has led Venice to depend so largely on tourism in recent decades|
|Sunset as seen from the south lagoon|