Cristina Gregorin reviews the book by Neal E. Robbins “Venice. An odyssey. Hope, Anger and the Future of the city”, a text that well describes the difficulties of a city that is emblematic for many other historic cities, caught between the tourism industry and its fragility.
In Venetian paintings you will find interesting backgrounds, which sometimes fascinate almost as much as the main scene: the lagoon, St Mark’s square, the Veneto mainland with its hills or Dolomites appear as true paintings in the painting!
Mazzorbo is a small island, neglected by tourists, in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon. The Church of St. Catherine is the one only surviving of the 10 once existing, testimony of the rich past history of this island that was described as a major city, and nowadays has less than 300 inhabitants. A modern social housing estate and a contemporary vineyard await us in Mazzorbo.
Among the islands in the Venetian lagoon, Burano is known for its colourful houses, the lace tradition and its cookies. But is this all? Here you can read about Burano in a different perspective and found out what it was like a hundred years ago.
A brief article on cold winters in Venice starting from a story of a grandmother who recalled how in February 1929 the lagoon froze completely and how several Venetians, amused by this, ate with relish on the frozen surface of the lagoon taking with them table and chairs.
An unpretentious and concise outline of the complex issue of high tides and frequent floods in the city, commonly known as ‘acqua alta’, and an unbiased and updated resume of all the measures enacted for the safeguard of Venice and its lagoon. Read about how Venice is tackling the problem, and the scope of the whole project including the mobile barriers.