This afternoon, I stepped outside on the vaporetto as we passed the Dogana, so I could get a good close-up shot of Il Toro. But, he wasn’t there! I asked a couple of Venetians on the vaporetto if they knew what had happened. They didn’t even know there had been a bull there!
At the vaporetto stop, I tackled another Venetian, and we talked about it. There had been a very strong wind last night, reaching 130 km/h (81 mph), which is one stiff breeze. If anyone saw a couple of people laughing and singing “Stormy Weather” and doing a few dance steps at the San Marco Vallaresso stop, fear not, it was only your reporter and the friendly Venetian man.
I just read, on the venessia.com Facebook site, that poor old Toro was toppled in the wind, and has been removed and taken, in pieces, to a shed.
The daily newspaper Il Gazzetino is predicting hotel cancellations this weekend as people hear about the inclement weather that Venice is experiencing. Well, let’s see what happens.
In the meantime, I hope they can put the big bull back together, in all his masculine glory, so he can take his place in the Carnevale celebrations.