Anna Momigliano c.2020 The New York Times
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27 Jul 2020
1:17 pm

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

Anna Momigliano c.2020 The New York Times

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

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...