Presented by Carla Gambescia.
Discover some of Venice’s many secrets and celebrate the city of myth, mystery, might and majesty. This capacious topic will be presented in two 45 minute lecture / slideshows:
Part 1: Wednesday, May 21 at 7pm
From its inauspicious beginnings at the end of the Roman empire as a lagoon-based refugee encampment to its apex as a commercial, naval & financial juggernaut and Xanadu of architecture & cultural cross-currents.
Part 2: Thursday, May 22 at 7pm
From its pinnacle as the cultural & luxury capital of Europe through its slow yet opulent & sybaritic decline and ultimately to its reinvention as a real-life fantasy destination and the world’s most enchanting open-air museum.