The local newspaper Il Gazzettino reported on the annual madness that is the dip into the Adriatic by gli ibernisti, so I am able to provide these faultless statistics to you.
With 60 swimmers/waders/bobbers ranging in age from 12 to 77 years, cheered on by about 3500 enthusiastic and warmly clad onlookers, it was a most happy occasion. The sun shone, the air temperature was around 14 degrees, while the water was a balmy 8 degrees. (You stubborn folks who don’t use the metric scale can figure this out for homework.)
Hard working volunteers from the Protezione Civile del Lido prepared oceans of lenticchie (lentils, essential for a lucky new year), 160 kilograms of cotechino (an acquired taste, take my word for it: a sort of glutinous sausage), and some more oceans of red wine.
The kiddies, young and old, loved the big, big soap bubbles produced by 2 hard-working clowns, and we all enjoyed some excellent live music.
This is a really lovely way to start the new year. If you’re in Venice on New Year’s Day, do consider going down to the beach on the Lido to participate, one way or the other, in this fun event.