Living between land and water

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Living between land and water
the prehistoric Venetian stilts
living between land and water

Venice boasts a long history and its formation as a human settlement is due to a “synecism” of the inhabited areas that arose in the lagoon following the barbarian invasions that pushed the population to find appropriate refuge on the island that will be the soul of the Serenissima.

World Heritage Site, the urban system of Venice rests on wooden foundations, piles driven into the soft and silty soil, which still support the platforms on which the Venetian palaces rise, with their heritage of history and culture. A technique at the height of important engineering challenges, but which has its origins in the Neolithic age.

During 2021 we celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the city built on water. Thanks to a temporary exhibition we want to tell the salient aspects of the great theme of building and living in wet environments. The thematic exhibition “Living between land and water” intends to propose a path that illustrates, thanks to scientific data from the latest research and direct observation of the exhibited findings, the main aspects of a fundamental moment of our history: the pile-dwelling world.


Location: Corner Mocenigo Palace, Venice

Schedule: June 25 – October 31, 2021

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