Venice: the city on the water

How can a place like Venice, with the world “nice” that makes it, not being great? Indeed, this is not possible.

Venice is unique in every part of it. Maybe it is not the most unique place in the world, but it is definitely the most unique city. It is vibrant, literally built on the water and it never stops welcoming tourists from all over the world.

This was not the first time for me. I have been in Venice last year as well, but on that occasion I was “victim” of “acqua alta”, which is that phenomenon that makes Venice so special. For those that don’t know it, “acqua alta” is that phenomenon that happens when it rains a lot and the level of the water rises, so that the city completely sink into the water. It turns into a sort of a pool, with people wearing long rain boots in order to avoid from having their feet wet. 

The main reason of my visit was the “Biennale di Venezia” one of the biggest contemporary art fairs in the world, hosted in Venice every two years. It is like a marketplace, where emerging artists can show their works to the public, in order to get known.

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Art Work 1 – Biennale di Venezia

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Art Work 2 – Biennale di Venezia

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Art Work 3 – Biennale di Venezia

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Art Work 4 – Biennale di Venezia

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Art Work 5 – Biennale di Venezia

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Art Work 6 – Biennale di Venezia
 

The art fair didn’t abstain me from visiting the city as well. I visited Piazza San Marco, The Great Canal, Teatro La Fenice and a lot of shops and private art galleries. After all of this stuff, I was surprised by a spectacular sunset. That was one of the most emotional moments in my life. I had never seen such a red sky, in such an uncommon place. But what surprised me even more, was the rainbow. Just above the Venetian Lagoon, a few meters from me, a rainbow started appearing. Blended with the red sky, it made my visit even more unique, because that is not a common thing to see and I feel a bit lucky, because I always try to differentiate from other people’s experiences.

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Sunset in Venice

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Venetian Lagoon

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The Great Canal

One last thing that I want to say is that I believe in the value of fate and I like thinking about the sequence of events, so I like thinking that every fact is linked to a previous one, which in turn is linked to another one and so on so forth. Travelling through The Great Canal, with a Gondola or Vaporetto, makes me think about this sequence of events and about the fact that Venice would not exist today, If a small group of people didn’t start building houses on the water while trying to find a place where to be safe from barbaric invasions. Indeed, because of the impervious environment that surrounded the small Venice, the city was difficult to conquer and its inhabitants could give their contribute to the rise of  Venice Empire. 

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