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Venice tourism may never be the same after Covid – it could be better

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The pandemic crushed the tourism industry in Venice and other overtouristed cities. But many see this as an opportunity to rethink a ‘tourism monoculture’.


27 Jul 2020
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Venice tourism may never be the same after Covid – it could be better

Clear waters of the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge in Venice on March 18, 2020, as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country's lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis. Picture: Andrea Pattaro / AFP

Long before Venice became the destination of choice for millions of international holidaymakers, locals had a tradition of flânerie, an aimless stroll through the city’s calli, or walkways. They would bump into acquaintances for a chat and the occasional drink, an ombra de vin, a “shadow of wine,” as it’s called in the lagoon. That tradition has been picked up again. The coronavirus pandemic crushed tourism, curtailing the hordes of annual visitors that made flânerie a near impossibility, and now many residents – particularly those furloughed or laid off – have more time and space to enjoy the city’s slow...

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