The average length of a tourist stay in Venice is 2.3 days. During this time, a tourist will only get to know the Disneyland around Piazza San Marco, will once drive to Murano or Burano, and then believe that this would be Venice. Only when a tourist stays for a long period in Venice, he can trespass the frontiers of mass tourism. Then he will get to know the heart of Venice and feel its pulse beat!
Life in Venice differs greatly from other places in the world. One lives in this fantastic town, in the middle of the sea, like in a big piece of art. Every second there are new impressions, that make you drift besotted through the streets.
The photo reportage LA SERENISSIMA by the Hamburg photographer Roman Henze shows not only the captivating beauty of Venice, but also the consequence of thoses changes, that this town goes through since decades, as well as the venetian everyday life, which takes place in an adorable microcosm, far away from the tourist paths.
In Venice everything is done by foot, so life is more strenuous than elsewhere. The purchase of the Rialtomarkt must also be carried over the numerous bridges home, as packages or building materials. Whether they are wealthy or poor, young or old, all go the same way – and on these paths they meet again and again. There is no moment, when one does not meet the neighbors, the school friend or the business partner in a calle. One remains standing and comes into conversation – a reason why Venice is a very communicative city. Hardly any other place makes it so easy to be accepted as a part of the community.
La Serenissima is the name of the Venetian Republic. From the Latin "serenus", this means "cheerful, calm". What name could better describe this city! It is pure "slowing". In modern cities such as Hamburg one have to put up great forces to slow down. In Venice this is part of the life concept. There is no other way to live. And if you try it differently, you will give up after a very short time and adapt to the calm, quiet pulse of the city, which has been the same for centuries. If this has happened to you as a guest in the city, Venice has grabbed you and will never let you go.