A Slow-Motion Tragedy

by Don Friedman on June 9, 2017


In my opinion, Venice is the most beautiful city I’ve visited and likely the most beautiful in the world. It is also suffering terribly from environmental and social problems created elsewhere. This article lays out the basics.

There may well be no workable solution to the combination of aging buildings and infrastructure, a decreasing population, rising water, and increasing numbers of tourists. I hope there is. The situation can be bizarre: the tourist crowding is horrible at the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, while many of the less-famous piazzas, canals, and bridges are deserted. The only thing I can contribute from a distance is this piece of advice: if you go, get away from the heavily-trafficked areas and walk around the city for a few days. You won’t regret it.

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