The outstanding beauty that makes Venice one of the most famous cities in the world has obscured its equally exceptional pedestrian nature. In this sense and for centuries, Venice has been a remarkable workshop allowing to experience a car-free urban life.
The section Traverse of the Museo del Camminare aims to investigate and communicate what living in a pedestrian city means in terms of daily practices and quality of life.
The discovery of the sense of Venice by the attempt to relive the visual and non-visual experience of someone who has established an emotional relationship with that place. Visual artists, writers, and musicians guide us through the city.
In 1957, the English artist Ralph Rumney (1934-2002) achieved "The Leaning Tower of Venice", one of the earliest experiences in the history of psychogeography. Rumney chose and followed an itinerary through the city and documented it photographically.
For the first time, Re_iter Ralph Rumney has reconstructed this itinerary in all the details, making it available to those who want to look for the feelings and emotions that the author experienced.
In the world imagery, Venice appears like the witness of a collective past, a place where a lot of individuals and families want to go to, once in life at least. In general, the touristic interest is to have something that proves that they went to Venice rather than experience it.
But what does it mean experiencing a city and what are the tactics to pursue it? An original response was given by Ralph Rumney.
By Irma Delmonte.
The American-born novelist Henry James loved Venice. He visited it in nine different years between 1869 and 1907 and described his most revered and admired places in many of his novels.
The project Re_iter Henry James relies on his descriptions to create a down-to-date and out of fashion kind of a guide, which offers – nonetheless – an extraordinarily present-day experience.
The project is aimed at migrants and refugees, to whom volunteers who live in Venice offer free help to walk around the city and learn about its history and beauty.
The initiative is a constructive response to the wild commercialisation of hospitality that has characterised Venice for decades, one of the most touristic cities in the world. It stems from the idea of Venice as a common good and heritage of humanity and aims to make the city easier for people who have just arrived in Italy, do not speak the language and can not afford the cost of tourist services.
The service is available in English, French and Portuguese, and is provided on the basis of volunteers' time availability
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