deals in apartments, buildings and palazzi. Codato knows these buildings inside and out, and he loves them dearly. “I shouldn’t actually say this, and I don’t to my customers” he admits, “but in 20 years this city will no longer exist: the substance of the buildings is degrading at an exponential rate.” Although he earns good money in Venice, this has prompted him to consider leaving the city.
lives in one of the few neighborhoods that still resembles the old Venice. She is descended from Venetian nobility, but sets no great store by this. She even waived her inheritance relating to the Palazzo on the Canale Grande. Tudy doesn’t mince her words, although she even has to rent out space to tourists in her gorgeous apartment to afford to live in the city.
was the most famous gondoliere in the city 50 years ago when American tourism began in Venice. For humble Venetians like himself, this marked the beginning of prosperity. “The season used to last six months,” he says, “but now it extends for twelve or thirteen months. In the old days, the affluent came to Venice to relax, but today the masses come for a single day.”
is a tourist guide. She fell in love with a man in Venice and decided to stay. She speaks Chinese and thus enjoys a secure market with the tour groups from China that increasingly visit Venice. Her dream would be to be able to tell people the truth about the city.
uses his boat to transport freight through the canals of Venice. He is the very first person to see many changes: He has moved countless families out of the city with their belongings, and delivered enormous amounts of furniture to hotels and newly-opened boarding houses. When he receives notice to vacate his own apartment, he is forced to move to the mainland and away from his beloved city.