Behind the Stage

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:
Behind the Stage

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Beyond and all around Venice lie the islands of the Venetian Lagoon, scattered across the 250 square miles of marshes and open waters that stretch from Chioggia in the south to the fens and fish farms up north. Underneath all its marble-clad palaces, its history, and its tourists, Venice is just one cluster of muddy little islands among the many that dot this estuary. And, although none of the other islands of the Venetian Lagoon has ever been (or could be) as renowned as Venice itself, they, the world to which they belong, and the culture that their communities created have played their own essential role in developing tourism in Venice. Something of a breed apart in this insular world are the long barrier islands, the lidi, that separate and protect the Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. The booming enthusiasm for sea bathing brought big changes to Lido. Indeed, from the 1890s until World War II, Lido resorts completely shifted the tourist center of gravity in Venice.

Keywords: Venice; tourists; tourism; Venetian Lagoon; lidi; Adriatic Sea; sea bathing; resorts; Lido

Chapter.  9175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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