Tuesday, July 31, 2018
With temperatures in the low 90s these days (33 degrees C)--and as most Venetians don't have air conditioning (even in the grandest palazzos)--the only relief from the heat is to be found in one's own boat or on the beach; or in a boat on the beach, as at Sant' Erasmo above.
Just beyond the right edge of the image above is the bacan, or sand bar, a focal point for summer boaters. You can read about the scene here in a 2011 post entitled "Belly Up to the Sandbar: 'Locals Only' off Sant' Erasmo."
The "locals only" part of that post's title is outdated, however, as a number of tour operators now offer trips to the bacan: promising to deliver tourists to "authentic and hidden Venetian experiences," which of course become markedly less "authentic" and "hidden" with each arriving tourist.