Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth

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Venice Rising is a compilation of eye witness reports from Venetians who have experienced unprecedented challenges. With honesty and wisdom they write of their fears, resilience, and hope.


You'll read 31 chapters, some in English, some in Italian, some in both, that share the stories of Venetians: rowers, artists, traditional craftspeople, architects, waiters, entrepreneurs, all who share a deep love for their city and are working towards its rejuvenation and rebirth.


Featured contributor: Graziella Giusto on Ponte dell'Accademia. Photo © Agostino Gargiulio.

Contributors to Venice Rising:


  • Elena Almansi, rowing instructor with Row Venice.
  • Francesca Maria Barozzi, co-owner of Mavive.
  • Piero Bellini, financial sector and author of MATTAMATICA and British War Economy during the Second World War.
  • Mariangela Bognolo, critic and art historian.
  • Manuela Brunello, artist.
  • Vera Brunello, athletics instructor.
  • Manuel Carrión, artist and owner of Carrión Gallery.
  • Monica Cesarato, cooking instructor, tour guide, and food blogger.
  • Caterina Codato, artist.
  • Jane Da Mosto, Eleonora Sovrani, and Kasia Ruszkowska, environmentalists with We are here Venice.
  • Romi Loch Davis, designer of Couture, and Couture for Interiors.
  • Sigrid de Montrond, galleriste, decorator, and costume designer.
  • Gregory Dowling, author of Ascension, The Four Horsemen, and other books.
  • Maria Gabriella Emiliana, owner of Antichità al Ghetto antique store.
  • Filippo Gaggia, owner of Views on Venice rental properties.
  • Chiara Gatta, artist.
  • Graziella Giusto, radio host, jewellery designer and artist.
  • Lorenzo Gregolin, waiter.
  • Catherine Kovesi, history professor at University of Melbourne.
  • Iris Loredana, environmental specialist in the financial sector and founder of La Venessiana, a Venetian food and lifestyle blog.
  • Luana Segato Luse, artist.
  • Alessia Manente, lawyer.
  • Fernando Masone, master printmaker.
  • Marie Ohanesian Nardin, author of Beneath the Lion’s Wings.
  • Liesl Odenweller, soprano and co-founder of the Venice Music Project.
  • Paolo Olbi, master bookbinder at Antica Stamperia Armena.
  • Elena Grassi Orsoni, poet.
  • Barbara Pastor, architect.
  • Alessandro Santini, gondolier.
  • Rachele Scarpa, agent at Views on Venice.
  • Giuliano Tonolo, actor and writer.
  • Rosemary Wilmot, Venetophile and photographer.
Elena Almansi and Francesca Barozzi
Elena Almansi and Francesca Barozzi
Piero Bellini and Mariangela Bognolo
Piero Bellini and Mariangela Bognolo
Manuela Brunello and Vera Brunello
Manuela Brunello and Vera Brunello
Manual Carrión and Monica Cesarato
Manual Carrión and Monica Cesarato
Caterina Codato and Romi Loch Davis
Caterina Codato and Romi Loch Davis
Sigrid de Montrond and Gregory Dowling
Sigrid de Montrond and Gregory Dowling
Maria Emiliana & Filippo Gaggia
Maria Emiliana & Filippo Gaggia
Chiara Gatta and Graziella Giusto
Chiara Gatta and Graziella Giusto
Lorenzo Gregolin and Catherine Kovesi
Lorenzo Gregolin and Catherine Kovesi
Iris Loredana and Luana Segato Luse
Iris Loredana and Luana Segato Luse
Alissia Manente and Fernando Masone
Alissia Manente and Fernando Masone
Marie Ohanesian Nardin and Liesl Odenweller
Marie Ohanesian Nardin and Liesl Odenweller
Barbara Pastor & Alessandro Santini
Barbara Pastor & Alessandro Santini
Rachele Scarpa & Giuliano Tonolo
Rachele Scarpa & Giuliano Tonolo
Paolo Olbi and Rosemary Wilmot
Paolo Olbi and Rosemary Wilmot

If you're interested in finding out more about each of our contributors and what they do, click or tap the links in the main contributor's list.

Contributor Piero Bellini created this video slideshow of Venice during the Covid-19 lockdown in March-April 2020. Music and images © Piero Bellini.

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