Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice with Luca Zaggia - Context Travel

Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice with Luca Zaggia


Regular price $36.50 Save $-36.50
/

Loading...
Only -136 items in stock!
No events are scheduled at this time. Want to be notified when it’s back? Leave your email address and we’ll notify you.
Want to book this event privately? Send us an inquiry.
Something went wrong while submitting your request, please try again later.
Your request has been sent, you'll be notified of future dates.

Venice has long been a precarious paradise: perhaps more than any other global city, its sea-perched architecture and singularly trade-based economy have made it uniquely susceptible to the ravages of ecological and epidemic onslaught. Explore how different threats - from medieval plagues to rising sea levels and over-tourism - have posed a threat to Venice through the centuries with a local ecologist.

Our discussion starts with the most deadly event to date: the plague itself. Over the course of four different bouts, it halved the city's population and forced the government to invent ingenious solutions for the survival of the city. Geopolitical transformations have also taken their toll: the discovery of the Americas shifted the balance of global power from the Mediterranean Sea (with Venice at its epicenter) to the oceans. Today, the threat of sea-level rise and the loss of Venice's urban population is challenging the city's now-small community to resist the impact of mass tourism on its cultural and social identity.

Just a few months following the disastrous flooding of 2019 - and in the midst of the current global health crisis - there's no more relevant time to explore how these various historical (and current) threats are impacting one of our most fragile, and treasured, cities.

Led by native Venetian ecologist Luca Zaggia, this interactive seminar will explore the uniqueness of the wonderful place that is Venice. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a true understanding of Venice's culture, singular ecology and history, and contemporary challenges.

Luca is a geologist who has been working for the last 15 years as a coastal oceanographer for the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Marine Science, Venice. His research has been focused on many aspects of the management of the lagoon ecosystem, from the assessment of contamination in the water and sediments of the city canal network prior to dredging to the monitoring of the input of freshwater and contaminants from the tributaries of the drainage basin. More recently, with his staff of technicians, he has been involved in studies on the hydrodynamics and transport of sediments in the tidal channel and shallow water areas of the lagoon, as well as the monitoring of the environmental effects of the works for the protection of Venice and its lagoon from floods. In cooperation with European and American institutions, he is also working on research focused on the determination of submarine groundwater input in lagoons and coastal areas.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 44 reviews
95%
(42)
5%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
N
N.K.
Venice - A City Embedded In Geography

Luca Zaggia unfolded with enthusiasm, deep knowledge and clarity the geographical imperatives that brought Venice to the
current geographical land/water form we know today. The historical events of her past, the geographical realities that came due unbidden were huge. The Venetians with their unrivaled trading force in the known world of the time, committed
forcefully and continuously to save their economy and their domain. Luca unfolds this backdrop story and brings us to the place and struggle of today's Venice.

C
C.T.
Excellent Presentation on the Perils of Venice

Lucca is highly knowledgeable, and shared his information in a very organized and enjoyable way. His graphics were the best that I have seen in this type of presentation.

S
S.C.
Let's Save Venice

For over 40 years, Venice has been my favorite city. I've watched as tides, acqua alta, cruise ships, etc., have done their damage. Luca Zaggia gave a brilliant explanation of when, where, why, & how over the centuries Venice was imperiled. Superb, & many thanks.

L
L.C.
Amazing !

This was just what I was hoping this seminar would be-- an in-depth presentation by a formidable expert in the topic. I was totally impressed with Luca's presentation--I came away learning such interesting facts about Venice, it's history and the factors causing it's current situation. So worthwhile and highly recommended.

J
J.N.
Venice in Peril

excellent dash through the history of Venice and how disasters shaped her.

Customer Reviews

Based on 44 reviews
95%
(42)
5%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
N
N.K.
Venice - A City Embedded In Geography

Luca Zaggia unfolded with enthusiasm, deep knowledge and clarity the geographical imperatives that brought Venice to the
current geographical land/water form we know today. The historical events of her past, the geographical realities that came due unbidden were huge. The Venetians with their unrivaled trading force in the known world of the time, committed
forcefully and continuously to save their economy and their domain. Luca unfolds this backdrop story and brings us to the place and struggle of today's Venice.

C
C.T.
Excellent Presentation on the Perils of Venice

Lucca is highly knowledgeable, and shared his information in a very organized and enjoyable way. His graphics were the best that I have seen in this type of presentation.

S
S.C.
Let's Save Venice

For over 40 years, Venice has been my favorite city. I've watched as tides, acqua alta, cruise ships, etc., have done their damage. Luca Zaggia gave a brilliant explanation of when, where, why, & how over the centuries Venice was imperiled. Superb, & many thanks.

L
L.C.
Amazing !

This was just what I was hoping this seminar would be-- an in-depth presentation by a formidable expert in the topic. I was totally impressed with Luca's presentation--I came away learning such interesting facts about Venice, it's history and the factors causing it's current situation. So worthwhile and highly recommended.

J
J.N.
Venice in Peril

excellent dash through the history of Venice and how disasters shaped her.