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Against Venice by Regis Debray

Against Venice

by Regis Debray

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I read this a few years ago in anticipation of a trip to Italy. It is a forceful and entertaining polemic against the city, which Debray compares unfavorably to Naples. At the time, it seemed to bolster my expectation that I wouldn't much like Venice. To my surprise and delight, that expectation proved very wrong; I enjoyed Venice tremendously and was sorry not to have more time there. It may have helped that it was remarkably uncrowded, being March, and that we stayed in what still appeared to be a relatively vibrant residential quarter. I did, however, think that Debray's critique of Venice could, with minor modification, apply very aptly to Florence, a dreadful Renaissance Disneyland where I was very content to spend a day doing laundry to escape the crowds. ( )
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