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Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World's Most Touristed City

Robert Davis


“The tourist Venice is Venice,” Mary McCarthy once observed—a sentiment very much in line with what is experienced by most of the fourteen million tourists who visit the city each year, but at the same time a painful reality for the 65,000 Venetians who actually live there. Venice is viewed from a new perspective in this book, which offers a heady, one-city tour of tourism itself. Conducting readers from the beginnings of Venetian tourism in the late Middle Ages to its emergence as a form of mass entertainment in our time, the chapters explore what happens when today's “industrial tourism” col ... More

Keywords: Venice, tourism, culture, Middle Ages, mass entertainment, tourists, Venetians, industrial tourism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238039
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Davis, author