Beautiful, romantic and steeped in history, Venice and its canals are among Italy’s most popular tourist destinations.
Unfortunately, the combination of dense crowds of often blissfully oblivious tourists and water everywhere, the risk of personal injuries is ever present. Here are some of the main risks and how to avoid them.
The bridges across many of the canals are not only narrow, they are also crowded with tourists and locals going about their daily business. At times, they can get so crowded that there is a real risk of being pushed out of the way and sustaining an injury by tripping or falling into the water.Watching your step and looking out for others helps to prevent trips and falls.
- Paths alongside canals
Many of the canals are not protected by fences or rails and the risk of injury by slipping and falling into a canal is high, especially when paths are crowded.Again, slips and falls can be avoided by being alert and minding your step.
Ramos, dead ends that often end with steps leading down to the water to enable boarding and disembarking of boats, are often wet and covered in algae, which, of course, makes them very slippery.Mind your step and, whenever possible, hold on to rails to prevent slips, trips and falls here.
- Water transport
When exploring Venice and its canals by gondolas, water taxis, vaporettos or traghettos, prevent slip, trip or fall injuries by staying away from rails while others are disembarking and watch your step while boarding and disembarking yourself.Remaining seated and generally acting in a responsible manner during the journey will also help to prevent accidental injuries.
- Aqua Alta
Venice and its canals are occasionally ‘visited’ by the Aqua Alta, a natural phenomenon caused by a convergence of strong sirocco winds and high tides that can quickly cover even usually dry areas in water up to a metre or more deep.Navigate flooded areas with care to avoid injury by slips or trips.
Claiming for accidents around Venice and its canals
If you were injured while visiting Venice and its canals and someone other than yourself caused your holiday accident, you may be entitled to make a travel accident claim.
With more than 15 years worth of experience in handling travel injury claims, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can get your claim processed and brought to a satisfactory settlement in the most efficient and quick manner possible.
Call us from your telephone on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile 0333 500 0993, now to learn more.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice