This superficial experience people have in Venice is largely due to a public policy of maximizing the number of tourists in Venice which, in turn has lead to the development of a Venice-themed park planted directly in the center of the real City. This transformation is, admittedly, so absurd that it could only happen in Venice! But that is the only funny thing I can think of to say about it.
( Consider this: In what other city do retailers survive by selling fake versions of the artisan products that were originally produced in that city?! Isn't that strange?)
But, tourists' false impressions of Venice are also partially due to a lack of resources to help them escape the theme park and discover the real Venice with her warm bacari, stunning artisan shops, small osterias and musical seafaring community. I fundamentally believe three things:
- Among those 24 million tourists, there are a large number who would like to have an authentic experience of Venice.
- If those tourists could find the real Venice, they would chose to eat their food there, drink their wine there and do their shopping there. Everything is better in the real Venice.
- They will love Venice and they will treat Venice with respect, not because they read a list of rules, but because they will see Venice as a real city with a real community.