Summer 2018 starts from Venice with love.
Last minute trip in the beautiful city of Venice, natively called Venezia.
I've visited Venice many times, but this time I wanted to make it an unique adventure. Inspired by many old classic films shot in this city I decided to make something special happen.
I got in touch with Classic Boats Venice a start up that builds unique handcrafted Venetian wooden boats equipped with Eco-friendly electric engines. After a long exciting call we agreed to work on some cool photographic ideas.
So we booked the tickets. 12-15 July 2018 destination Venice.
The 14th of July is a special date for the Venetians, is the Redentore (Redeemer) Feast.
This day is a deeply felt celebration in Venice as it combines religion with entertainment. The Saturday night is all about the extraordinary fireworks show attracting thousands of visitors. A game of lights and colors on the inimitable setting in San Marco’s Basin, lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city to end reflecting on the waters of the lagoon.
Classic Boats Venice invited us to attend with them this special event.
July 12th me and Rony arrived at Venezia Santa Lucia train station where Mathias was welcoming us with his boat. Magical.
We jumped on board and head to Isola della Certosa where the whole CBV Team is based and was waiting for us.
After 30 mins sailing through the canals of Venice we arrived to the green Island of Certosa, where they warmly welcomed us with a exquisite lunch at Il Certosino, the only restaurant on this Island.
La Certosa is located less than 300 meters (850 feet) from the city and little more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) from the Venice Lido.
The Island has a surface of some 22 hectares (54 acres).
You can reach the Island with the Vaporetto, the Venician public transports, or any taxi services.
The island housed a community of Augustinian friars starting from 1199. After two centuries, the abandoned island was ceded to the Carthusians, and the previous religious building restored. After the Napoleonic conquest of Venice, it became a military installation till l968.
Now it is Parco della Certosa, the result of a redevelopment plan started in 2010 to include a public green park, a nautical center and training school, as well as restaurants, bars, nature trails and water-based sports facilities.
Lunch consumed, we took an afternoon break before the big launch party of Classic Boats Venice on the dock where it was also moored the Energy Observer, the World's First Autonomous Hydrogen Boat.
Time to head to the event. We planned to arrive there in style, anticipating the party with a special overview of Venice.
An helicopter tour on the lagoon to admire its beauty from above. I was wearing a dark blue smoking for the occasion, with a classic black bow tie.
Landed with the helicopter we went straight to the Aperitivo, where we met some exquisite people and made new connections. A successful event for Classic Boats Venice that opened their doors just few months ago.
July 13th a relaxing day on the Island checking the electric boats and sailing around.
The electric boats do not need a licence to be driven, are easy to use and equipped with GPS so you don't get lost.
They are super fun to use and perfect for going around with a group of friends!
Saturday July 14th Redentore day.
A busy day for us. We planned a photo-shoot after lunch and then to gather all together with the CBV family for the fireworks.
These are the shots with the Bosch boat. This boat is similar to the Riva boat used in the most famous films shot in Venice.
After a very adverse weather that hit us with a sudden storm right after the photo-shoot was done, risking to cancel the whole event, the sky opens up in the night. We jumped on the new "Fata Buona" classic boat and went to see the breathtaking fireworks of Redentore Feast.