Ahh Venice, from it’s renaissance prosperity to it’s eighteenth century decline, to today, Venice continues to send out a beacon to tourists of all types. The more I walked around the more I realised; Venice is a city of masks. And that this monochre held true, literally and figuratively.
Around Carnival time you’ll see everyone walking around in masks; and they are probably the must have souvenir for tourists (I bought three), in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries people wore masks in public to protect their anonymity. They came to Venice to do what they couldn’t do in Europes other cities. But the city itself wears a mask, from it’s glittering facades, literally masking plain brick buildings to it’s mask of tourism covering up a city in decline since the eighteenth century. Sure the tourist trade is booming, but what does that mean for real Venetian culture? Is there such a thing?
What does the future hold for Venice? Is it sinking as some have often thought, as I wandered down back alleys and winding streets, I thought it would be a shame. A city so beautiful doesn’t deserve such a fate.