We wanted to create , for collectors of glasses, some itineraries to the discovery of these places could be a new way to observe an unusual Venice .
To start devote a few lines to the history of Venice that will be useful to introduce the topic .
Access to the beautiful city of Venice , over the centuries, has changed with the modernization of transport.
Venice was founded as a city of water and it is inevitable that the oldest means of transport has been exclusively the boat and the gateway to the most important tasks the Adriatic Sea. Hence the need to present to the world in the most elegant and the oldest port city , facing directly to the sea, for over a millennium was inevitably the basin of San Marco with the splendid Palazzo Ducale and the majestic Piazza .
At the end of the first half of 800, falling from about fifty years, the Republic of Venice and oppressed by the government of the Habsburg Empire , Venice opens to the mainland on the opposite side of the basin , with a railway bridge . The train is now supplanting horses and carriages, and connect quickly most of Italy .
The railway line with its arrival station will be located on land belonging to the church from 1204 in which rested the remains of a saint much venerated for the protection of views , especially from the workers involved to compensate and treat visual defects , Santa Lucia.
For eighty-seven years the station of Saint Lucia will be the only gateway to the city for those arriving from the hinterland but the technology is advancing, and in 1931 the railway bridge will be accompanied by Eng. Mozzi an automobile bridge that was opened by Benito Mussolini in 1933 , will assume the name of Ponte Littorio . It will be renamed with the victory over Nazism “Freedom Bridge”. The whole arrival area, modern transport terminal, which is located between the railway and the modern commercial maritime area, will be redesigned and called Piazzale Roma.
Today, 2010, the new People Mover connects train suspended in a very short time the island of the socket ( large multi storey car park for those arriving in Venice ) with Piazzale Roma , which will soon be terminal dedicated exclusively to public transport and the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal, which opened in 2008, designed by the architect. Calatrava, has accelerated the speed of access from Piazzale Roma to the Railway.
This premise is necessary to explain why I decided to start our walks from the modern to the city. Nothing prevents, however, the tourist from travelling along these routes the way he prefers, also related to the days of stay in our beautiful city.
So, let’s now start our interesting journey to see “this” Venice (simply click on the link under the map below to enjoy the three different routes).