When we think of Venice we immediately think of Italy. It is one of those words that connect our country to the rest of the world. Right now Venice is suffering more than other cities. This is due to a series of dramatic events that have happened over the last months starting with the floods in November and followed by the lockdown due to the pandemic in March. Consequently, international tourism has decreased exponentially due to the new health regulations penalizing a city that was already living in a painful situation.
Venice is struggling to survive and Specchio dei tempi couldn’t stay still and watch. This is why the Foundation, through the project “Specchio d’Italia”, has decided to intervene. “ We have decided- explains Lodovico Passerin d’Entreves, President of the Foundation – to replicate the initiatives that have already taken place to help the small business of Turin, Cuneo and Sassari, and have launched a tender in support of the small enterprises of Venice. The initiative aims to donate 3.000 € each. These donations want to be perceived not only as an economical help, but as a representation of the love and affection towards this extraordinary city”.
Specchio dei tempi has made available a fund of 60.000 euros to which will be added all the donations arriving from private citizens, businesses, authorities and associations will wish to give. Our hope is that this initiative will touch the hearts of the guests that will be visiting during The Venice International Film Festival during which the Foundation will be present by illustrating their initiatives. The tender Venice Again will be launched on the 1st of September. Twenty days will be available for the enterprises to participate online, one week later the winners will be announced and the aid will be erogated starting the first week of October. Every phase of the project will be meticulously told on our website, social media pages and the accounts of La Nuova Venezia, the local newspaper. This initiative is a concrete help in support of the small businesses (restaurants, artisans, shopkeepers and small entrepreneurs) that represent the heart of Venice.