What is the Forte di Sant'Andrea and what is this great news about?
On one of the islands of Venice is a fort called “Forte Sant’Andrea“, a place where all Venetians have been to play, explore, have a good time with their dear ones and which in the past protected the entrance of the lagoon and the “mouth” of the Lido.
This fort, part of the city historic patrimony, has a symbolic importance almost as high as the one of the more famous Palazzo Ducale.
Owned by the state of Italy, it will be given back to Venice, under one condition: it has to be ‘valorized’. In order to do so, the city of Venice already promised to sell the fort to a private entrepreneur. The plan of the next owner: using the fort as a hotel, restaurant, and entertainment venue; a news intentionally kept secret and which wouldn’t have been discovered by the locals before the transaction had happened if it wasn’t for the media which leaked the information.
Fortunately, the extraordinary people at “Italia Nostra – Venezia”, with the contribute of Ambiente Venezia, have appealed to the Tar del Veneto (the Veneto Region Administrative Court) pointing out the carelessness of the procedures and obtaining the resolution to be stricken off!
What does it mean?
It means that for now the “Forte di Sant’Andrea” remain “ours”, that it won’t become private, that there won’t be a new umpteenth hotel, that it will be preserved as it is and ultimately that we’ll all be still allowed to reach it by boat, and picnic there, or watch the “Regata della Sensa” passing underneath, or just chill and watch the stars in a privileged position in the middle of the lagoon.
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