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Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City

Davis, Robert C.; Marvin, Garry

Editore: University of California Press, 2004
ISBN 10: 0520241207 / ISBN 13: 9780520241206
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Titolo: Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural ...

Casa editrice: University of California Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2004

Legatura: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A history of Venice through the lense of tourism and it's evolving Landscape, Waterscape and finally it's Worldscape as the most visited city on the planet during the last half millennium. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0520241207

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Riassunto: "The tourist Venice is Venice," Mary McCarthy once observed—a sentiment very much in line with what most of the fourteen million tourists who visit the city each year experience, but at the same time a painful reality for the 65,000 Venetians who actually live there. Venice is viewed from a new perspective in this engaging book, which offers a heady, one-city tour of tourism itself. Conducting readers from the beginnings of Venetian tourism in the late Middle Ages to its emergence as a form of mass entertainment in our time, the authors explore what happens when today's "industrial tourism" collides with an ancient and ever-more-fragile culture. Giving equal consideration to those who tour Venice and those who live there, their book affords rare insight into just what it is that the touring and the toured see, experience, and elicit from each other.

Dal risvolto interno: " Venice, the Tourist Maze is a popular history of the tragic, at times comic, impact of mass tourism on Venice. The outlook for Venice as a living city seems bleak, but the story is fascinating. Davis and Marvin draw on everything from Baedekers to the local papers and contemporary interviews to examine the effect of this flood of people on urban experience and the delicate fabric of the city, depicting at best an aestheticized museum city, at worst a degraded theme park. In effect, the authors argue, Venice survives as a surreal image of itself. This is a fascinating and well-written book."—Carol Lansing, author of Power & Purity: Cathar Heresy in Medieval Italy

"Anyone inclined to pick up this book will experience over and over in the course of reading it shivers of intellectual play. For some, half the stimulation comes with the dismantling of a worn-out legend: Venice, the Most Romantic City in the World. For others, it will come while musing on the vivid contradictions revealing that what is good for Venice in the short term—revenue from tourism—is killing the city in the ever nearer long term. The authors may unwittingly encourage even more tourists to go to Venice for the most post-modern of reasons: to observe tourists observing the most touristed city in the world. Venice, The Tourist Maze is engrossing, amusing, fascinating, and troubling."—Sally McKee, author of Uncommon Dominion, Venetian Crete and the Myth of Ethnic Purity

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