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What if you spent your next holidays in a country that no longer exists? Extinguished Countries is the first guidebook series about countries that no longer exist. We start with the Republic of Venice, a journey that takes you to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus. At a time when Europe is experiencing resurgent nationalism, these guidebooks propose an alternative point of view. Instead of following today’s borders, they take you on a journey through time and sp ...
 
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In this episode we take a tour of Venice following the advices of Francesco, a member of "Venezia non è Disneyland", literally "Venice is not Disneyland" – a group of Venetian friends that publish everyday stories about the bad impact of mass tourism or on the contrary about the beautiful initiatives launched in their city. They have a Facebook pag…
 
The fifth episode of our podcast takes us from Treviso to Venice. This time we cycle alone, along the national road and across the Ponte della Libertà taking us into the heart of the lagoon. We walk around Venice discover why a glass of wine is called "ombra" (litteraly 'shadow') in the city, and how are gondolas repaired. ITINERARY – We follow the…
 
The fourth episode of our podcast takes us from Vicenza to Treviso. We deal with a very important topic for the Republic of Venice: timber production and forest management. As we shall see, it's in Treviso that the first "Captain of the Forest" was nominated to control the production of timber. A team of FIAB – Federazione Italiana Ambiente e Bicic…
 
In this third episode we leave the beautiful city of Verona and cycle eastwards, towards Vicenza. We speak about architecture, with the masterpieces signed by Andrea Palladio, and about gastronomy, with the adventure of Pietro Querini, who in 15th century brought stockfish from Norway to Venice. But this episode also deals with cycling as a way to …
 
Our journey continues along the bike way AIDA (Alta Italia da attraversare) and through the Republic of Venice. We speak about the iconic Piazza della Loggia in Brescia, that reflects the whole Venetian architectural canon with the porticoes, the astronomical clock, the massive Loggia Palace and the two bronze statues ringing the bell for the passi…
 
A few kilometres from Milan, in present-day Lombardy, is the most western point the Serenissima ever reached: in the surroundings of Bergamo, where Venice suffered one of its heaviest defeats. Our starting point is Bergamo, the most western point in the Republic of Venice and our destination is Brescia. A team of FIAB – Federazione Italiana Ambient…
 
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