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Writer looking for info on early 17th century Italy!

Hello! I’m a writer and I’m working on a piece that takes part mostly in early 17th century Venice/Florence. I’ve been trying to research that era but most of the literature I can find is either about art or royalty.
What I’m looking for is some kind of account of the basic culture and standards of a more common place life in Italy at this time.
If anyone could point me in the right direction I’d be grateful!

Subreddit italy
November 11, 2019 05:44


Dovrei andare a Venezia questo venerdì, Meglio evitare?

Salve a tutti. Questo venerdì, con la scuola, è prevista una gita alla biennale. In classe ci chiedevamo se era il caso di rimandare o meno. Ho già chiesto ai miei parenti Veneziani (a dirla tutta sono nato anche io a Venezia, ma non ci abito da quando sono piccolo), i quali mi hanno consigliato di rimandare se possibile. Mi piacerebbe comunque avere altri pareri. Già che ci sono, ne approfitto per esprimere tutto il mio supporto ai Veneziani e alla città.

Subreddit italy
November 13, 2019 17:37


Il caso vuole che la nostra scuola sia gestita da un gruppo di incompetenti. In poche parole, solo domani pomeriggio tardi sapremo se effettivamente si andrà a Venezia.
Abitando a 70 metri da scuola per me non è un problema, diventa un problema per tutti i ragazzi che si fanno quotidianamente più di un’ora di autobus, i quali, per evitare di svegliare i genitori alle quattro del mattino, andrebbero a dormire da alcuni compagni che stanno vicino alla scuola portandosi le valigie sin dal mattino.
Un’idea era quella di andare a Padova e/o Verona al posto di Venezia, tuttavia la maggior parte di noi aveva aderito perché interessata alla Biennale, quindi l’idea di un ripiego non è stata presa bene.

November 13, 2019 18:52


Io sinceramente rimanderei, non sono di Venezia e non so se ci siano stati danni in zona Biennale, ma ora come ora credo sia meglio aspettare qualche giorno. Ho visto che la Biennale chiude il 24 novembre, la tua scuola è vicino a Venezia? Lo chiedo perché se non siete distanti potete provare a fare un salto settimana prossima (nella speranza che la situazione sia migliorata).

November 13, 2019 19:04


Siamo ad Urbino, quindi in quattro ore di bus si arriva tranquillante a Venezia, anche io preferirei rimandare e non rinunciare alla Biennale. Ma sono abbastanza sicuro che la scuola non abbia voglia di impelagarsi nelle pratiche di posticipo (o rimborso) con l’agenzia.

November 13, 2019 19:17


Per "vicini a Venezia" intendevo se foste in Veneto o massimo in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, già Urbino-Venezia è un bel viaggetto...e capisco che "buttare" via una gita non faccia piacere, ma del resto abbiamo visto tutti cosa sta passando Venezia, ed è il motivo per cui in ogni caso rinuncerei, non riuscirei nemmeno a godermi il viaggio.

November 13, 2019 19:25


Go to Venice, or no?

My husband and I are supposed to be in Venice Nov -24, but with the recent flooding, I'm considering canceling that leg of our trip and going somewhere else... Does anyone here have any idea how quickly the flooding might recede, and whether or not businesses will keep running?
If I do cancel, are there other places to spend a few days in? We're also going to Florence and Rome (Venice was in between those two). Wherever we go, we have to be able to get there by train.
Thank you!

Subreddit italy
November 13, 2019 15:16


You can stay close to Venice and go in Verona (or "fair Verona" if you have a Shakespearean taste ;) ), and maybe pass by Padua or Vicenza.
Alternatively, Bologna is close enough to Florence to need only one hour by train to get there.
> We're also going to Florence and Rome (Venice was in between those two)
Considering that going from north to south, you have Venice, Florence and then Rome, why was that in the middle of the trip and neither at the beginning or end of it?

November 13, 2019 15:24


I'd avoid Venice only because it's a bit out of the way from Rome/Florence. Honestly I'd visit Naples if I were you. Christmas is coming so it's also a great time to visit (Naples is famous for its presepi, i.e. nativity recreations).

November 13, 2019 15:35


Venice and its population deal with floodings on a regular basis. It's really a high tide, increased in magnitude by winds and bad weather. As such, "acqua alta" is an event that typically recedes in a matter of hours. This one has made the headlines, but most shops, restaurant and services will be restored straight away. Some tourist attractions might be affected for a while, mainly historical buildings that are not usually hit by the high tide and end up needing restoration, but you should really check on a case-by-case basis depending on what you were planning to visit.

November 13, 2019 15:49


I just checked the forecast for acqua alta for that day and it is forecasted normal tides that day. There may be some areas that see some water come up but less than 10% of the city will be affected. That's worst-case scenario.
Many times these extreme high tides can be predicted. What can happen, like in yesterday's case, is that high winds, tons of rain and an already high tide all come together to make it a disaster. We have had weeks of almost non stop rain so all the rivers are dumping tons of water into the lagoon. Then the winds kept all that water in the lagoon with high tide getting pushed in higher.
I was there on Monday when the acqua alta started and it was not bad at all. The areas affected were all around St Mark's square as that is the lowest area. While I was there, walkways were needed around that area for about 2 hours until the tide went down. Then everything went back to normal.
On the day you are thinking, there is not likely to be any problem at all. The train from Rome is not ordinarily that bad, but yeah after a long flight it is a bit much. I would go to Venice if you are already planning a trip up to the northern areas. Otherwise I would just stick to Rome and the surrounding area.
If you have a chance to see Venice, I would stay a couple of days instead of trying to just do a hit and run in one day. Definitely don't avoid it because of the possibility of high tides.

November 13, 2019 15:53


Not the best season to visit Venice but extreme tides like the one that happened yesterday are kinda rare. By the 24th almost everything should be back to normal.

November 13, 2019 16:26


Skip it, Venice is a tourist trap.

November 13, 2019 18:30


flooding lasts a few days, and expected again in the coming days.
but in Venice they are used to it , Nov-24 is far away, if there are no others they will be ok.

November 13, 2019 21:49


You are gonna be fine! Venice is wonderful off season with less crowds.

November 13, 2019 22:24


If I were you, I would go... A friend of mine has gone recently and he assisted at a flooding, but a normal one. Consider that almost any of the venetian floods are dangerous, they are just a bit annoying, but for sure they are not dangerous (It didn't happened something like the recent case since 1963 or something like that, I don't remember the exact year). However I don't know where you would want to go, but If you don't want to go to Venice, I think Milan is a pretty good city to visit... You just have to take a train from Venice and you are there in 1h. Hope it did help and have a nice journey :)

November 13, 2019 22:39


We arrive in Venice Saturday morning. Do you think we should keep our trip or detour somewhere else?

November 14, 2019 16:21


I'll be in Venice a couple days after you and I am not going to cancel. Flooding issue should be better by then, I hope.

November 14, 2019 16:23


It's gonna be fine. You might see some damage here and there. The WORST thing that can happen is that water will arrive at your ankle in some parts of Venice. Just get a pair of boots (sold everywhere on Venice) and you are gonna be fine!

November 14, 2019 16:33


Venice tide monitoring center data since 1923? Where can I find and download?

Hey! I am looking for the tide monitoring center data that has kept records since 1923, but can’t find a website or the data. Mentioned [here. ](
> More than 80 percent of the city was underwater when the tide was at its highest, and only the incident in 1966 topped the current flooding since the tide-monitoring center has been keeping official records (1923).

Subreddit italy
November 14, 2019 14:02


Traveling to Venice

Hi all,
Myself and my Girlfriend are planning to travel to Venice for New Year.
However I just read that yesterday there was a high tide flood. What do you guys think the city will be like at the end of December? Will they have completed most of the renovations?
Firstly will travel within the city be available?
Will the attractions be open?
Will amenities be available? Bars/restaurants
Will the New Year festivities go ahead?
Thanks in advance

Subreddit italy
November 14, 2019 02:58


Traveling to Venice on the 23rd of November, is it still a good idea to go?

So my girlfriend and I have a trip to italy coming up and one of the stops is venice on the 23rd and 24th of November (coming up next week) and were trying to figure out if we should still go or find another town for those dates. What do you guys recommend? Will the conditions improve enough within a week to make it doable?

Subreddit italy
November 14, 2019 08:08


Thanks, are you in venice by chance?

November 14, 2019 08:24
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