A Little Dream of Venice Past

Have you ever wondered what Venice, that tourist destination so often clogged with crowds, looked like before such crowds swelled to over 12 million every year? This film gives you a glimpse of Venice in 1940, the canals and campi and narrow streets. Children seem to people this Venice more than adults, making these sixteen minutes of footage feel like a fable.  My friend Piero recently sent me this video, titled Venezia Minore, made by Francesco Pasinetti. Sit back with a glass of soave or some other Veneto wine and enjoy time traveling.


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2 Responses to A Little Dream of Venice Past

  1. Bert says:

    One reason for the lack of tourists could be the fact that there was a war on. Italy entered World War II on 10th June 1940, but, even if the film was made before that date, Britain, Germany and France had been at war for nearly a year. It’s sad to think that almost every one of those delightful children will now be dead.

  2. Nancy Schwalen says:

    Idyllic (and I was thinking about the war and how it might have affected Venice too). Those children would have been a little younger than my parents were at the time.

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