|Veniceblog reports that the city of Venice has a new mayor, Massimo Cacciari, who already has served one term in 1995-2000.|
Most mayors are civic cheerleaders, whooping it up for commerce and tourism. Cacciari, on the other hand, openly hates mass tourism and its affect on Venice. Cacciari, on the other hand, launched what CBS' 60 Minutes called "the first anti-tourist campaign in history", commissioning a Benetton photographer to shoot posters showing "Venice at its worst: the dead rats, the polluted waterways, the tackiest souvenirs".Now he wouldn't possibly mean visitors like us, would he? We weren't like the others, we didn't even visit the Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco, and we took part in the local neighborhood festival, and the souvenirs we bought from kids in the flea market of that festival.