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Venice, the Tourist MazeA Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City$
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Robert Davis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238039

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238039.001.0001

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Taking It All Home

Taking It All Home

(p.261) Chapter 11 Taking It All Home
Venice, the Tourist Maze

Robert C. Davis

Garry R. Marvin

University of California Press

At the end of the day—usually quite literally—Venice's millions of tourists have to leave. Knowing that they have to go, most of them seek out something to take home from the city—a reaction seemingly universal among tourists and deeply rooted in their relationship to this or any other tourist site. Venice itself cannot be taken home, but there are aspects of the Venice experience that can be carried off, and in this impulse two orientations are at work: one toward the present, which tries to preserve the immediacy of the gaze, the actual experience of the place; the other toward the future, to complete a record for later use, in which tourist experiences are converted into tourist memories. Tourists can also create this relationship on their own through photography. Cameras and camcorders are fundamental to tourism in Venice, as indeed they are to tourism everywhere. In Venice, photography is an essential element of the larger ritual process of sightseeing.

Keywords:   Venice, tourists, tourism, photography, memories, cameras, camcorders, sightseeing

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