Superstars light up Venice red carpet

Vanessa Kirby removed her mask to pose on the Venice Film Festival red carpet. Other guest stars include Maya Hawke. Mads Mikkelsen, Cate Blanchett,Β Anna Foglietta andΒ Frida Aasen. (Sept. 7)

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Hundreds attend Venice’s Regata Storica despite Covid restrictions | AFP

Venice holds its annual Regata Storica, drawing hundreds of people as boats move through the Grand Canal. “It’s less joyful this year,” says one local resident, before adding that “it’s always beautiful.”

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Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and cast of Bosnian film “Quo vadis, Aida ?” hit Venice red carpet | AFP

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, British actress Tilda Swinton and the cast of the Bosnian film “Quo Vadis, Aida?” hit the red carpet on the second day of the 77th edition of the Venice film festival.

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ShowBiz Minute: Johnson, Burnett, Venice

The Rock, his family tested positive for the coronavirus; Carol Burnett granted temporary custody of teenage grandson; Tilda Swinton honored with lifetime achievement award on opening night of the Venice International Film Festival. (Sept. 3)

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Masks and social distancing at Venice opening

The 77th Venice International Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening, with the premiere of family drama “Lacci” – the first Italian movie to open the event in 11 years. (Sept. 3)

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ShowBiz Minute: Morillo, Venice, ‘Tenet’

Florida DJ Erick Morillo found dead less than a month after rape charge; Venice reclaims spotlight as first COVID-era film festival opens; “Tenet” finally premieres in U.S. theaters after release postponed several times due to COVID-19. (Sept. 2)

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Venice prepares to host 77th International Film Festival despite pandemic | AFP

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the show must go on in Venice as it prepares to host the 77th edition of the world’s oldest film festival. Ongoing travel restrictions — especially a travel ban from the United States into Europe — mean that most Hollywood elites will be no-shows, along with actors and directors from China, India and South America.

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Venice nurtures its lagoon back to health | AFP

Venice may be famed for Saint Mark’s Square or the Bridge of Sighs, but the Italian city has another jewel oft overlooked: its lagoon. Once home to a rich variety of fish and birds, mankind’s meddling has raised the water’s salt content dramatically. Now, an environmental project aims to restore it to its former glory.

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Cinema on the canals: Venice film lovers attend ‘boat-in’ screening | AFP

A group of film lovers in Venice, Italy organise a ‘barch-in’ (a play on words for the Italian word for boat ‘barca’) cinema screening — the first in the city’s history. Many cinemas are still closed as part of remaining restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus, with outdoor screenings becoming increasingly more popular.

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Venice stages first boat race since lockdown | AFP

Rowers compete on Venice’s famous canals in the first traditional boat race to be held since lockdown. The event was a tribute to medical workers who have been leading the fight against the coronavirus.

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Scene at Venice’s St Mark’s Square as Italy reopens to tourists from Europe | AFP

People walk around St Mark’s Square in Italy, with some taking pictures of the famous sites as the country reopens to tourists from Europe after a months-long coronavirus lockdown. IMAGES

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‘Dark days’ for Venice gondola makers | AFP

Already endangered, Venice’s traditional gondola shipyards now lie silent, the only sound the gentle lapping of the canal water at their doorsteps. All have been at a near or complete standstill since a blanket ban on sailing gondolas during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Venice gondolas are back on the canals, waiting for tourists | AFP

The famous gondolas pushed by boatmen in blue and white t-shirts make their reappearance on the Grand Canal of Venice, albeit equipped with masks and surgical gloves. These gondolas are theoretically allowed to resume their activities, but in the absence of tourists in the city, there are very few customers. On these gondolas, social distancing is also required, with seats spaced out and marked with tape on the bottom of the boat.

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Venice after lockdown: Clean, empty, no tourists

Venetians, retaking their city, both from the coronavirus and from tourists that have famously overrun it, are now being offered a unique opportunity to test the resilience of one of the world’s most fragile cities. After three months of near-total lockdown, Venice appears unusually quiet – and clean.
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Venice canals empty of gondolas in once-overcrowded, now deserted city | AFP

On St. Mark’s Square, even the pigeons have disappeared and on the famous canals, Venice’s iconic gondolas remain anchored in harbours, calm and inactive due to measures imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Tourists from all over the world and locals no longer breathe the routine of bustling city life into the enchanting scenery Venice is known for as images show the floating city in a rare state of tranquility.

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Drone images show Venice under lockdown | AFP

From St Mark’s Square to Rialto Bridge: drone images show an empty Venice during daytime and at night, as Italy nears the end of the world’s longest active national lockdown, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Venice’s diverse ecosystem reappears during lockdown | AFP

“The flora and fauna of the lagoon have not changed during lockdown. What has changed is our chance to see them,” says zoologist Andrea Mangoni. Venice has been emptied of tourists since the beginning of March and its waters are no longer stirred by the thousands of boats, taxis, vaporetti, and gondolas that usually cross it. This is an opportunity to rediscover the very diverse ecosystem that populates the Venetian Lagoon.

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Venice’s diverse ecosystem reappears during lockdown | AFP

“The flora and fauna of the lagoon have not changed during lockdown. What has changed is our chance to see them,” says zoologist Andrea Mangoni. Venice has been emptied of tourists since the beginning of March and its waters are no longer stirred by the thousands of boats, taxis, vaporetti, and gondolas that usually cross it. This is an opportunity to rediscover the very diverse ecosystem that populates the Venetian Lagoon.

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Virus leaves Venice’s iconic canals eerily empty

Canals in Venice are almost empty as Italy’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues. Since the country went into lockdown on March 9, hotels, restaurants, cafΓ©s and most businesses have been shut. (April 6)

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Venice canals clearer due to lack of tourists and traffic | AFP

The water in the Venice canals is becoming clearer as the city experiences a drop in tourism and reduction in canal traffic due to the health security measures imposed across Italy to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

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Venice disinfects public transport amid coronavirus outbreak | AFP

Vaporetti and all Venice’s means of public transport are being disinfected with a special chlorine-based solution as Italy struggles to control the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe with some 400 cases.

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Venice carnival: Procession featuring ‘plague doctor’ masks | AFP

People take part in a traditional procession in San Barnaba Square on the last day of the Venice Carnival where many wear the type of masks used by doctors centuries ago to treat patients afflicted with the plague.

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