My last post discussed the water that appears to be cleaner in Venice’s canals and lagoons, particularly affected by the lack of boats that usually stir up the sediment. This got me thinking about Venetian boats, which led me to one of my favorite boat racers, Maria Boscola.
Known as La Brava for her stupendous feat of taking first place in four of five regattas spanning 44 years, while raising six kids and running a vegetable business, she is still remembered fondly by Venetians today, especially gondoliers and other racers. She is even honored with a portrait that hangs in the Correr Museum (or at least it’s in their collection, though the last time I visited the museum it had been taken down!).
Here’s a video where I share more of her story.