Venice is a unique city. A city full of art and history, with events as famous as its well-known Carnival. In this article we will go through this event, along with its past and its present, without forgetting the great challenges facing the pagan tradition and the city.
The popular Italian city has played a very important place along the centuries both economic and political, as at the cultural level. Its privileged geographic situation the turned into the center of Mediterranean trade, link with the Far East and its silk route, and in one of the city-state more powerful in Europe.
Numerous historical documents suggest that it was in Venice that the carnival officially arose, in the sixteenth century and in a version very close to the one that exists today. Venice is one of the few places where this festival best preserved its civil character, without being replaced by religious tradition.
Today, the main attraction of the Venice Carnival is that it retains almost intact the baroque, luxurious and overloaded aesthetic of the seventeenth century. The masks decorated with beautiful motifs and feathers or elegant period garments cover streets and canals when the season of the big event arrives.
Currently more than 50,000 visitors come to Venice to enjoy its Carnival and its exotic development, but… this Baroque Italian capital faces serious and serious flood problems, which directly affect its architectural and cultural heritage. From the Italian government they are developing a project called MOSE (experimental electromechanical module), in which all have their hopes to save the city from tides and the progressive sinking.
The virulent frequency and irrension of high tides are repeated continuously, due to climate change.As a result: in less than 400 days there have been two episodes of great tides, while only four similar episodes have occurred that have been verified, over 1,200 years.
Today the population of Venice has been reduced to around 70% from the years 50: currently only reside in it 53,000 persons, although there are many more tourists from step.
This is the time to act, to protect Venice and its centenary tradition and architecture. Let us hope that there will be solutions and not placed behind a mask.