The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”

Nature: The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks

Nature: The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks. “Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice’s crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts the ears. State archivists long ago took over this fourteenth-century friary, but they are just as studious as the Franciscan brothers who once lived here, as they tend the historical records that fill some 80 kilometres of shelving within. Now, a crew of scientists laden with high-tech equipment is stirring things up in these hallowed stacks.”

Tourists Blame Google Maps for Attempting to Drive into Venice

Hey, it’s Saturday, so Here’s more Google Maps wackiness for you. “A pair of bewildered tourists left Venetians feeling vexed when they drove their rented Fiat into the pedestrian-only city along the Grand Canal; they responded by claiming that the true culprit was Google Maps. The two tourists drove their blue Fiat over a pedestrian bridge and then 200 meters up the Grand Canal, after which they nearly ran over a pedestrian in front a grocery co-op before they were surrounded by a crown of furious people, reports La Nuova Venezia.”