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The City Built on the Sea

Robert C. Davis and Garry R. Marvin

in Venice, the Tourist Maze

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238039
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238039.003.0001
The City Built on the Sea

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Tourism is the life and life's blood of Venice today. Venice may well be the most visited city in the world. It seems to enjoy a special status as the epitome of the tourist experience. Many of the tourists interviewed for this book have so learned to associate Venice with the touristic ideals of fantasy, pleasure, and—above all—romance that they seem to find it hard to conceive that this place exists or ever existed for any other purpose than bringing enjoyment to themselves or other outsiders. From the earliest packaged tours to the industrial tourism of the present, visitors have come to this lagoon city looking for Romance. This book examines the development and the interplay between two parallel realms—one of determined fantasy, the other stuck in a far too real world of overcrowding, decay, and discomfort. It tries to set the Venetian experience into what is truly unique about this special city: the particular placeness of Venice. It views the experiential city as falling naturally into four scapes: timescape, landscape, seascape, and, worldscape.

Keywords: Venice; Italy; tourism; fantasy; romance; decay; tourists; packaged tours; industrial tourism; overcrowding

Chapter.  3126 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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