THE NATURE OF THE CITY

 THE WATER AND THE STONES


Apostcard indeed, a cliche. The picture sliding above, trivial in its obviousness, suggests one thing: it is better to enter Venice coming from the sea. At least the first time. Because thus has always happened. Even when the people came from the mainland, at some point, an unbroken series of bush and reed beds let glimpse away, almost on the horizon between sky and water, a darker strip of land. Visitors had to take a boat, a “burchiello”.
To reach Venice, however, it was a swinging trip, a soft hobbyhorsing beating the rhythm of the rowers.
Venice is an island of one hundred islands in a lagoon, surrounded by shoals and sandbanks, criss-crossed by many little secret canals, which in the past made it impenetrable to enemies, men and ships, swells or floods. For the Venetians it was like owning highly efficient defensive walls. So the lagoon was cared and protected, avoiding the open sea to rush in with violence, moving away from the lagoon the mouths of rivers that threatened the landfill.
The nature of Venice is therefore mainly aquatic. Its greatest problem has always been to keep intact its difficult, fragile balance. Unfortunately this, for many years now, has been shamefully broken by an ignorant and obtuse ruling class: today the sea smashes into Venice and Chioggia with all its vehemence and destructive capacity. The doors to the lagoon went open wide to allow monster ships to enter. As well as the rough sea.



Ripples reflections in a canal
Ripples reflections in a canal

TITOLOTEXT

All of us own a special compass, say it magic. No brass or magnetic needle, just our soul, with its special directions to go. Voyage is a myth, a mental urgency and a kind of psychological disease. Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done.Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. Real reality it is, and not the easiest.

San Zaccaria church by Mauro Codussi, 1483
San Zaccaria church by Mauro Codussi, 1483
Murano, San Donato, sec. XII
Murano, San Donato, sec. XII
 Ca' d'Oro, stone lace
Ca’ d’Oro, stone lace – Click on image to enlarge it

TITOLOTEXT

All of us own a special compass, say it magic. No brass or magnetic needle, just our soul, with its special directions to go. Voyage is a myth, a mental urgency and a kind of psychological disease. Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done.
All of us own a special compass, say it magic. No brass or magnetic needle, just our soul, with its special directions to go. Voyage is a myth, a mental urgency and a kind of psychological disease. Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things.


San Nicolò at Lido
San Nicolò at Lido

A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY

Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. You do not need a journey, but a simple vacation.


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NATURE OF THE CITY

GALLERIES, VENICE
An abstract to understand the actual situation of Venice and its inhabitants


ST. MARK’S SQUARE

Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. You do not need a journey, but a simple vacation.

A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY

Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. You do not need a journey, but a simple vacation.

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NATURE OF THE CITY

GALLERIES, VENICE
An abstract to understand the actual situation of Venice and its inhabitants


ST. MARK’S SQUARE

Restlessness, in a way; need to change your actual state; need of something new; curiosity and some other thousands things. Some say: “I buy a boat and sail away and never be back”. A psychologist could discuss this sentence long. As a result, is it only a wish, or an outburst of disappointment? Cause, if you really do that, you’ll discover it’s not a game. And most of all, it’s no dream –or solution- at all. Real reality it is, and not the easiest. Better fly away a couple weeks –say Virgin Islands or Fiji- and you’re done. You do not need a journey, but a simple vacation.


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