Venice, Italy - old man passing by, color photo
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#28 Brick wall and old man

• Away from the noise and clamor of the most famous touristic spots, the city reveals a very different and certainly more genuine soul, though melancholic; the silence reigns, broken only by the sound of footsteps and voices of passers-by, sometimes so rare as to suggest the feeling of an abandoned city. That is, to a certain extent, the reality of Venice, a city which in 1960 still had more than 150.00 inhabitants and is now struggling to get to 60.000, most of whom elders and retired, silent and overwhelmed witnesses of a peaceful tourist invasion perhaps more destructive than those attempted for centuries by the many enemies of the "Serenissima Repubblica di San Marco".

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