Lost in the Labyrinth

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:
Lost in the Labyrinth

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Venice is a confusing maze made up of twin grids of alleys and waterways seemingly laid down without the slightest regard for sense or reason. Tourists tend to visit two of Venice's secondary tourist zones, one around the Rialto Bridge and the other at the Galleria dell' Accademia. To connect these major nodes with one another, and to link the whole tourist triangle with Venice's major points of entry, the train station and Piazzale Roma, certain primary pedestrian routes have emerged over the years. These tourist thoroughfares are not, for the most part, much to look at or walk along. Bushwhacking through Venice requires very little in the way of understanding the city itself or the history of the people who actually built all the calli, campi, and bridges. One thing that remains striking about the Venetian tourism is how much more in evidence maps are in tourist hands than are guidebooks.

Keywords: Venice; tourism; waterways; tourists; Rialto Bridge; Galleria dell' Accademia; Piazzale Roma; thoroughfares; calli; campi

Chapter.  10887 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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