Gondola trips in Venice are not always as calm and romantic as you might imagine. A group of Chinese tourists paid the price.
While sailing on a canal in the city of the Doges, in the historic district of San Marco on December 3, tourists wanted to immortalize the moment by taking selfies, Italian media report. But as the boat prepared to pass under a bridge, the unruly group, made up of at least six people, did not listen to the gondolier's order to stop taking photos and sit down, view of the delicate maneuver.
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The boat was so unbalanced that it rotated until it capsized. People therefore found themselves in cold water, panicking. This funny situation was captured in a video widely distributed on social networks.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The unfortunate swimmers were rescued and brought to shore by the gondolier, who had also fallen into the water.
In 2020, the Venice Gondoliers Association reduced the capacity of its boats , due to increased numbers of “overweight” tourists, the Guardian reports. The limit on a small gondola, which offers the classic tour of the city's canals, has been reduced from six to five people. On the larger boats used, mainly to cross the Grand Canal, the number decreased from 14 to 12.