Venice Bans Kayaks and Other Recreational Boats From the Grand Canal

Aug 7, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

In a city characterized by its bustling waterways and canals, a serious change has just gone into effect. On August 1, the city of Venice outlawed canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and paddle boats, according to The Local. The ban extends across all major Venetian waterways, including the Grand Canal.

Anything inflatable has also been banned.

Restrictions on water traffic were introduced as far back as 2013, after a ferry crashed into a gondola, killing a tourist. The crash led to a feud between Italian water bus operators and gondoliers, and resulted in limitations on what times of day the canal could be used for recreation.

The original provision, however, only eliminated recreational boats at peak hours to prevent overcrowding on the canals. The new ban limits them altogether, with few exceptions. (Venetian residents, for example, have the freedom to use their recreational boats in the Grand Canal during certain hours. Additionally, visitors may boat on the Grand Canal if they do so with a licensed tour operator.)

Venice Kayak expressed frustrations regarding the ban of environmentally friendly canal-cruising alternatives, as opposed to motorboats. According to a statement from the tour operator, the danger in the canals stems from “too many, too large and too powerful motorboats, too often conducted in a ruthless and reckless way, putting others in danger needlessly.”

These restrictions are tethered to a larger problem plaguing the city: overtourism. Prior to the recreational boat ban, Venetian officials tried to manage tourists by limiting access to certain areas of the cityrestricting cruise ships weighing more than 55,000 tons on the Grand Canal and issuing fines to badly behaved tourists.

Fortunately, if you’ve always dreamt of kayaking on Venetian waterways, you aren’t completely out of luck, as there are more flexible laws for the city’s minor waterways. Here, the ban will only apply to certain times of day, such as 7:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.