Taking It All Home

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:
Taking It All Home

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At the end of the day—usually quite literally—Venice's millions of tourists have to leave. Knowing that they have to go, most of them seek out something to take home from the city—a reaction seemingly universal among tourists and deeply rooted in their relationship to this or any other tourist site. Venice itself cannot be taken home, but there are aspects of the Venice experience that can be carried off, and in this impulse two orientations are at work: one toward the present, which tries to preserve the immediacy of the gaze, the actual experience of the place; the other toward the future, to complete a record for later use, in which tourist experiences are converted into tourist memories. Tourists can also create this relationship on their own through photography. Cameras and camcorders are fundamental to tourism in Venice, as indeed they are to tourism everywhere. In Venice, photography is an essential element of the larger ritual process of sightseeing.

Keywords: Venice; tourists; tourism; photography; memories; cameras; camcorders; sightseeing

Chapter.  13927 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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