Happy Founders Day! Today marks the anniversary of the creation of Venice, attributed to March 24 in the year 421 at noon. This day coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation and the founding of the church of San Giacomo at Rialto.
Enjoy this short video created by Tony Green. He married his paintings to his music to honor Venice’s 16 centuries.
And as for the present day? Check out this article about a proposed “Ten Commandments” to manage overtourism in Venice and Florence. One proposal is to ban Airbnb and change the management of short and long term rentals in the cities. Venetians quoted in the article, including those who manage rentals and work in the city, point out the pros and cons of this idea. Something needs to be done–hopefully this new blueprint can offer a viable solution so this city, founded 1,600 years ago, will continue to thrive!