“Recapture the Venetians”: controversy over Museum Foundation Director Belli’s words

[Note: there has been an ongoing controversy about the closure of Venice’s Civic Museums until April. The official position is presented below in Gabriella Belli’s statements, which have generated some controversy of their own: the museums are for tourists, we won’t spend money opening them for the local population, future initiatives are being planned – … More “Recapture the Venetians”: controversy over Museum Foundation Director Belli’s words

Plans for the 2021 Carnevale di Venezia forced to change: events will have fixed attendance or will stream

For the second year in a row Covid blocks the celebrations in the lagoon: this year a low profile is chosen 8 January 2021 By Eugenio Pendolini VENEZIA. Covid is upsetting the 2021 Carnevale di Venezia. A year after the outbreak of the pandemic, which took its first steps into the city towards the end … More Plans for the 2021 Carnevale di Venezia forced to change: events will have fixed attendance or will stream

This is how culture in Venice is killed. An appeal in defense of the City Museums

We’re left speechless by Luigi Brugnaro’s drastic decision to close the city’s museum system, classifying it as a service that functions exclusively for tourism. With our initiative here we invite the Mayor to revisit his decisions and to promote an open discussion. By Ytali 2 January 2021 The City Museums of Venice will remain closed … More This is how culture in Venice is killed. An appeal in defense of the City Museums

Non-stop budget marathon in Council: none of the opposition’s amendments are approved.

Seventy-six were presented, sixty from the PD. It’s a wrestling match between the majority and the opposition: there is no agreement and the confrontation goes on indefinitely. By Antonella Gasparini 17 December 2020 10 PM on Thursday, 17 December, the second day of the marathon at Ca’ Farsetti for approval of the 2021-2023 budget and … More Non-stop budget marathon in Council: none of the opposition’s amendments are approved.

“A dramatic situation at San Marco” – Procurator Tesserin decries new flooding in Basilica

More damage to the Basilica and its mosaics without local defenses. Baretta: “the forecasts were wrong”. Environmentalists denounce the situation. By Alberto Vitucci 9 December 2020 VENEZIA “It’s a terrible situation. We are under water in a dramatic manner, and the damages are serious”. The shock of the exceptional acqua alta, without MoSE and without … More “A dramatic situation at San Marco” – Procurator Tesserin decries new flooding in Basilica

MoSE and the sick joke of Coronavirus: Venice is dry but the stores are empty

After almost thirty years, with the dams raised, Venetians imagined a definitive return to normality, without acqua alta. Instead, the pandemic has again upended daily life. By Francesco Gottardi 4 December 2020 VENEZIA. Venice stayed dry, or almost. Only the frozen rain and a strong wind hit the city of water on Wednesday morning: for … More MoSE and the sick joke of Coronavirus: Venice is dry but the stores are empty

Venice? Here! A View from the Sestiere, by Giovanni Leone

Venice? Here! 30 November 2020 By Giovanni Leone VENICE. I write as an inhabitant of Venice, but also as President of the Social Promotion Association Do.VE (Dorsoduro Venezia), which is made up of shopkeepers (not only of glass objects or other items for tourists but starting from those in the neighborhood such as the baker, … More Venice? Here! A View from the Sestiere, by Giovanni Leone

The “portale in saor”: Venetian artisans launch e-commerce portal on the web

New web e-commerce portal eBotteghe is launched for Venetian producers. The city is empty, but on 4 December there will be the tree lighting and other initiatives. The commissioner to the deputies: “We are building projects with the artisans. Support us.” By Antonella Gasparini 27 November 2020 One can breathe more of the Christmas atmosphere  … More The “portale in saor”: Venetian artisans launch e-commerce portal on the web

Superintendent sounds alarm about MoSE: “The wear is serious”

Zincone: “Tubes and mechanical parts present very serious service life problems”. Work for the new Authority. Question swirl around who will lead the new Authority that will control MoSE. 17 November 2020 By Alberto Vitucci VENEZIA. “The wear on MoSE is more concerning than predicted”. So says the Superintendent of Public Works, Cinzia Zincone. In … More Superintendent sounds alarm about MoSE: “The wear is serious”

All Commissions go to the majority – controversy in the Venice City Council

Martini: “The weakening of the only commission granted to the minority is a serious matter, and shows the intention to reduce the spaces of democracy in the city.” By Alberto Vitucci 10 November 2020 VENICE. Amendments blocked – and only one commission granted to the opposition, but stripped of almost all of its functions. It … More All Commissions go to the majority – controversy in the Venice City Council