Thursday, August 11, 2005

Can't Get to Venice? Try New York!

If you can't make it to Venice, Italy, this summer, heard for upstate New York!

A Little Bit of Venice on Upstate New York Canal

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. Looking for a slice of romantic Venice, Italy in the Finger Lakes region? Then head to Seneca Falls, home to upstate New York's only gondola business.

State prison instructor David Finster has never been to the city of canals, but he has started a gondola business on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal. He says he got the idea after reading an article about a businessman who started giving gondola rides in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Finster says Seneca Falls is ideal for a gondola business because of the area's bucolic landscapes, famous vineyards and rich history.

Finster's traditional Venetian gondola started taking on passengers in early July and will continue the service through September. The gondola can carry up to five passengers and rides of up to minutes costs 85 dollars.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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