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Richard Bosworth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193879

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193879.001.0001

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Venice in the Belle Époque

Venice in the Belle Époque

(p.51) Chapter Three Venice in the Belle Époque
Italian Venice

R.J.B. Bosworth

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the splendour and misery experienced by Venice during the belle époque prior to 1914, an era in which the city competed with Paris as a world centre of leisure and high culture. It first considers how foreigners reacted to the locals' perceived failings, along with the reconstruction of Campanile of San Marco. It then looks at some of the key events that took place in the spring of 1912, including the Grand Ball in the style of eighteenth-century Venetian painter Pietro Longhi, and some of the aristocrats and royals who frequented Venice during the period including Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Dukes of Connaught and Edinburgh, the king of Montenegro, and Queen Mother Margherita. It also describes Hotel Excelsior and discusses the return of cholera in the summer of 1911, the rise of socialism and worker activism, and the introduction of sports such as gymnastics and rowing.

Keywords:   belle époque, Venice, culture, Campanile of San Marco, aristocrats, royals, Hotel Excelsior, cholera, socialism, sports

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