Another Venice

The unique and unrepeatable magic of Venice captures the whole world. In fact, the whole world pours into the lagoon city, also determining critical aspects with respect to the sustainability of truly impressive tourist flows. UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of the long-lived Republic which was called “La Serenissima”, today it is the city that suffers most from this overcrowded situation: 73.8 tourists per inhabitant between the historic center and mainland, considering also the one-day excursion. On the other hand, another data is sufficient, the one that speaks of 12 million arrivals a year with an estimate that doubles the number shortly, to understand the phenomenon more immediately. Let it be clear: the numbers certify a success and confirm the incomparable beauty of such an enchanting place; but at the same time they induce a reflection on the quality of life of the Venetians, especially of the 50,000 who live in the historical center that has been living for a number of years in a worrying exodus. These shots are intended to explore the other Venice, the non-tourist, that of its inhabitants, the one that from dusk until late night unmasks its true soul. Images that want to tell “the most romantic city in the world” in the hours when the mass of tourists is gone. When evening comes, that ever-flowing river dries up, leaving the streets to its inhabitants. The noises of a whole day disappear: in their place you hear the ticking of the steps and the nice voices of the Venetians that echoes in the streets. Everything becomes more authentic when the city is handed over to the Venetians in the evening. This also seems the best moment to trace and steal the suggestions of that Venice that left indelible traces in history and that are evoked by its other names, such as “the Queen of the Adriatic” and “the Dominant”, by virtue of its mighty naval structure and the sea it faces, witnessing a millennium of flourishing commercial and cultural exchanges. The other Venice is definitely different than the collective imagination, the mass postcards, the poses in Piazza San Marco, the gondola ride. Hidden among the less crowded lanes, and especially in the evening hours, the lagoon city brings out its most genuine charm that you have to discover little by little, walking on foot. Only in this way are the details, both artistic and popular, observed. It is precisely this other Venice, its inhabitants and its glorious history that must be protected at all costs. Because in this Venice its true soul is kept alive. Its essence.