April 25th is the day that celebrates the past twelve centuries of Venice’s patronage under Saint Mark (San Marco), as well as the anniversary of Italy’s liberation more than six decades ago. It is a date particularly dear to Venetians, and while we would like to be able to celebrate this year, some cannot help but ask how can we? When such a unique city generates dizzying revenues, the wealth of which goes elsewhere while the coffers of the city remain palpably empty, there can be but very little to celebrate.
For centuries, Venice was a city that provided home and haven for up to 150,000 residents. In recent years, however, that population has declined below the threshold of 57,000 residents, and sadly, continues to lose its citizens at the rate of 1,000 per year. With no indication that might suggest a reversal of the this worrying trend, it cannot…
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