Palazzo Ruzzini is open these days. Open, but without guests, in a city emptied by the lockdown. A city that hosts 23 million visitors every year: there are 370 visitors a year for each resident in the city center, where we are less than 54 thousand.
Last year these days we were talking about this, and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ONU agency of reference, was declaring these numbers warning us about the management of these flows.
I walk among the rooms frescoed by Gregorio Lazzarini and Tiepolo, great eighteenth-century painters, I admire from the hall on the first floor the beauty of Campo Santa Maria Formosa , through the large windows that let the sun shine. It is one of the largest fields in the city: a total of nine streets and eleven bridges start from it. And I look out over Rio del Paradiso, where only a few rowboats or motorboats of authorized residents pass by. Venice is always enchanting, but the magic of silence amplifies spaces. It is a Venice unknown to most, and now I feel privileged to be able to live it and tell it to you
Every day it makes me think about you
It is an unusual sensation and every day it makes me think about you, closed in your houses in every part of the world. To you New Yorkers, who are now in the Big Apple, a metropolis that was so far away from the emergency that broke out in China and then spread to Italy and Europe, is today one of the most dangerous emptied city. To you Spanish people, whose Madrid is one of the most affected capitals in Europe by the coronavirus emergency. To the French people, Paris and all of France in lockdown for almost two weeks. In Australia, Norway, Argentina ... there is no place in the world that hasn't been a guest at Ruzzini. And now all those faces are also linked to the news of beautiful gestures of solidarity between the countries of the world, which show us, right now that we are distant, that a world without divisions is possible.
When we will start hugging each other again, let's remember this melancholy.
Our lives will be better than before
When it all will finally come to an end, we will also have to be proud of our healthcare system. Great doctors, women and men, great health personnel, who fought and guaranteed us assistance. And we must not forget the great researchers, like some great Italians who work in the USA: Professor Silvestri, who is chief of the Pathology department at Emory University in Atlanta, or the virologist Ilaria Capua in the University of Florida, because they are the first optimists, an "optimism that comes from knowledge" of research. Everyone is working hard, especially in the USA, on different vaccination platforms, on new treatments, and making us aware that this is a disease whose lethality is estimated to be below 2%.
"Iam convinced that in a few months we will go back living as before - or that we will live better than before, if we will learn the right things from this great fear, as scientists, as citizens and as humanity in general." This is the message of prof. Silvestri that I want to share with you.
To be better humans, in a better world. This is the real challenge that we must win together.
Let's fill the Ruzzini's rooms with memories
With this message of optimism and hope, I wanted to send you a hug as big as the world from Venice, a city that belongs to the world and to your hearts.
And ask you to help us fill the void of the rooms with the greatness of your memories at the Ruzzini Palace, by posting or sending us your shots with the hashtag: #ILoveMyRuzzini ... We will rebuild our diary to feel united. Our dreams will come back, emotions will come back.