Gondolas are back in service on Venetian canals, after more than two months, with the recent lifting of Italy’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The main difference now is that the passengers are locals and not tourists, as the lagoon city waits for the return of international tourism which is scheduled to make a tentative comeback in June.
That hasn’t stopped the gondoliers from dressing up in their trademark blue-and-white striped shirts, however now they are also wearing masks and gloves.
During the lockdown, Venice’s canals became clear, due to the absence of boat traffic churning up sediment, and the city center welcomed a variety of marine wildlife from jellyfish to octopus. The lack of traffic was also recorded in stunning satellite images, showing the comparison between this year and last.