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    Mass Tourism in Venice

    by  • July 24, 2017 • Cultural Info, Current Events, Travel

    A recent Guardian article discusses Venetians’ disgust with the thousands of people being disgorged by tourist ships each day on their little city. One local, Luciano Bortot, said, “…the problem now is the mass tourism, the people who come for just a few hours and see nothing – it’s as much of a nightmare...

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    Venice Sinking

    by  • March 10, 2013 • Current Events, Dying, History, Student Essay

    In 568 A.D. the Germanic tribe of the Lombards invaded northern Italy and sent the inhabitants running for cover. A small group seeking refugee and shelter from the oncoming hordes, took exile on the small island of Torcello. As time progressed, and the inhabitants found safety in their new land, the “former” Italians settled into what...

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    Venice, St. Petersburg, and the Treatment of Gays

    by  • January 30, 2013 • Current Events

    The City Council of Venice has passed a motion calling on Venice’s mayor, Giorgio Orsoni, to temporarily suspend Venice’s cooperation agreement with Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, citing the Russian city’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” and Russia’s homophobia in general, which has recently manifested as an intolerance for gay parades and demonstrations (see BBC...

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    What About Berlusconi?

    by  • January 24, 2011 • Current Events, Libertine & Lewd • 0 Comments

    In our Imagining Venice class, we don’t plan to spend too much time discussing contemporary Italian politics, and our focus on social concerns will revolve more around the ways in which pollution and tourism are affecting Venice in particular. But with all of the fuss about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that’s been showing...

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    New Work by Vivaldi

    by  • October 8, 2010 • Current Events, History, Travel • 0 Comments

    Vivaldi is Venice’s pet composer — you can’t walk through the city without noticing numerous signs advertising Vivaldi concerts at various churches and music schools. Thus it seems appropriate to draw attention to the latest news about the discovery of one part of a flute concerto by Vivaldi thought to be lost. (Excerpt) According...

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