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Venice: Extraordinary Maintenance

Venice: Extraordinary Maintenance


This book presents an overview of the restoration Venice has undergone in the last two hundred years. It is a mistake to think that Venice has been preserved in aspic. A great deal changed after the Fall of the Republic in 1797, and continues to change. Having read this book, you will never look upon Venice’s streets, houses and canals in the same way again.

Only by studying the past can we understand the present situation of Venice. This is an untold story that needs to be heard. Its fascinating, often shocking tale is belied by the numerous beautiful illustrations.

  • Gianfranco Pertot

    Photographs by Sarah Quill


    240 pages, cloth/hardback

    242 x 168 mm, 120 illus.
    ISBN: 978 1 903470 12 1

  • About the author

    Gianfranco Pertot. is a conservation architect in Milan.

  • In the press

    “A wonderful polemical book” –Cornerstone, The Journal of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings


    “Pertot is commendably hard to please.”  –Times Literary Supplement

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