The public hearing yesterday revealed a surprise: the irrevocable offer to buy “for a person to be named” by a mysterious buyer who on 23 October had already “guessed” the new property value, which was revised downward by Resolution 261, dated 8 November, negatively impacting the city budget with a loss of several million Euro. … More The unusual sale of Palazzo Poerio Papadopoli
A cry of alarm from the Municipality of Venice The Ugo Foscolo School of Murano is for sale: who benefits from this? It is quite difficult to understand what the goal is. It is even more difficult to understand the reasons why. In fact there is no need in the budget to justify selling public … More The Foscolo School of Murano is for sale, what is the Mayor’s plan?
“What we are witnessing is the selloff of the family jewels” – Marco Gasparinetti What follows is a message from Gruppo 25 Aprile following the approval the sale of Palazzo Poerio Papadopoli, once an important school in Venice, to become yet another hotel. From Santa Fosca to the Papadopoli, the City is not a Monopoly … More Another public property in Venice is sold off to become a hotel. Citizens will march in protest again, on 21 November.
Only a partnership between the City, UNESCO and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage can guarantee a check and supervision over the sustainability of the tourist presence in the City, but for now it is not possible to know the necessary data for examining the situation, which has been analyzed by the responsible commission, led by … More Venice, UNESCO and tourists: after two years, how to count the tourists remains unknown.
Residents are in revolt: “Even the Church is conceding its property to build hotels” By Lorenzo Padovan VENICE No one, really, has missed the call. The City, the Region, Government Offices, the Italian Post, the Military. And now even the Patriarchy. All of them share the same strategy: give up their real estate in Venice … More The Ancient Palazzi are becoming resorts; Venice is selling off its historic jewels.
(Editor’s Note: This is a story I wish I didn’t have to post. While Venice is full of painful examples of the misuse of public resources, no one project stands out as so completely egregious as MOSE. The last story I published on this subject had the date of completion projected at 2018. That was … More MOSE, the History of a Failure: “an anthology of horrors”
After the announcement of the closing of another two historic workshops, those of the silkscreen shop of Giampaolo Fallani, and of the engraving shop of Toni Dalla Venezia, the Artisan’s Guild has issued yet another appeal to the City requesting that it intervene with urgency. Yet another, because the alarm is not only a recent … More “Venice is losing its soul”. Two more historic workshops close in Venice: Artisans issue another urgent appeal for action.