Venezia Città delle Asimmetrie
The structures of these palaces were conceived in this way also for practical reasons. Interesting the chapter of wood, and what it meant for Venice, the spasmodic research of it during the centuries. Not only: you will discover how work is used in a city as Venice.
I loved so badly the chapter about the gondole. They're maybe the most beautiful characteristic of Venice; these little boats with a gondoliere who permit for once to everyone of feeling a sensation of importance and unicity; in the past gondole were not just used for tourists but for funerals and important families loved to keep them. With the time customs changed in the Laguna as well and people decided of changing habits. In the past gondole were more articulated, as you will read, and there is also a private gondoliere who, can you believe it? once was a woman, but at the moment became a man. He arrived from California, but the other gondolieri at first didn't accept him and he works privately.
There is the story of big companies of cruises that in general tend to parking for some while in Venice these enormous ships, with all the various positions; interesting the birth of Venice.
Highly recommended book if you love Venice and if you want to discover Venice in detail.
I thank Marsilio for the physical copy of this book.
Anna Maria Polidori