Squero di San Trovaso
In Venetian dialect, squero means workshop. The Squero di San Trovaso is a boat- builder shop, more exactly a gondola repair and construction yard. There are not many left in Venice, and the most famous (and most picturesque) is the Squero di San Trovaso.
Just off the Zattere in Dorsoduro - turn off Zattere at Ponte Lungo, along Fondamenta Nani. The alpine-style workshop, window sills clad with geraniums is a throw back to the first occupants who came from the mountainous Cadore region north of Venice.
It is not open to the public, but we passed the squero numerous times and saw gondolas being worked on outside all the time across the Rio di San Trovaso canal.
Still on the tour, you go from...
Still on the tour, you go from the posh elegance of the palace to the dankness of the prison by way of the Bridge of Sighs. This bridge is named for the sighs the prisoners gave as they got their last look at the outside world through those small windows after being convicted and were being taken to their cells.
Viste di questa natura che non mi dimenticherò mai. Dirmi che questa non è la chiesa più bella nel mondo...
Views of this nature I shall never forget. Tell me this isn't the most beautiful church in the world...
Though the Aqua Alta may make a shambles of your plans for the day don't let it ruin your trip. Don a pair of wellies and explore. Just be cognizent of the difficulty and damage this does to the floating city and its inhabitants.
There can exist almost a festival atmosphere during Aqua Alta. This comes from the tourists being excited and perhaps a bit insensitive. You need not go about with your head bowed in sadness though, the locals want your buisiness. Smile, be considerate and go on about your day. Pictured here is the Doges Palace in Flood waters.
For more information on Aqua Alta I have included some sites below.
I found Venice in March to be a mix of high wind, torrential rain and warm sunny days. I little like England but a bit warmer. If you have an umbrella, ditch it and get one of the new aerodynamic ones that don't fold up in high winds. The winds blow into town like an express train. All four photos here, Fog, Rain, Wind, Sun etc taken within 48 hours!