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MILAN Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 2018 , Italy, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- "I am in my house now and shortly I will go paddle in the lagoon. Living in a water city is a privilege and also a struggle, but some difficulties look harder than they are," Laura Fincato, an experienced politician in Venice, told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday.


Fincato, a former center-left MP and under-secretary of state, has dedicated much of her political life to developing relations between Venice and Suzhou Nike Air Vapormax 2018 , a waterside town in east China's Jiangsu Province. Last year, she received honorary Suzhou citizenship for her Venice ambassador role.




Venice and Suzhou formed a twin city relationship in 1980. But their friendship goes back to the 13th century, when they first met each other thanks to Venice traveler Marco Polo who visited Suzhou and praised it as a noble city "with 6,000 stone bridges."


"The two cities have different sizes but a common treasure, which is water," Fincato said. In 2010 during the Shanghai World Expo, Venice and Suzhou renewed their twin city relationship, of which "restorations of art and culture have become the cornerstones."


Today exchanges at the university level and between institutions to mutually learn on best practices are very frequent. "For example Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Mens , last year a group of students from Venice participated to the Dragon Boat Festival in Suzhou, while this year Suzhou's students took part in Vogalonga," a get-together race held annually in Venice for pretty much any kind of rowing craft, Fincato said.


"Having students from Suzhou on our boats was a really nice experience," she told Xinhua. Italian and Chinese young generations in fact will have to treasure the "water and the old town center," common issues at the heart of the two cities.




"Venice has a robust structure which however needs care, because it is a water city. Water is intimately connected with life in Venice," Fincato explained to Xinhua.


She said the ancient city Nike Air Vapormax Mens , which was built as its lagoon was protecting it, has overcome epochal changes and today faces with difficulty the relation between the everyday life and the growing flows of tourists.


The old town presently counts roughly 60,000 residents compared to some 300,000 in the past. "But the Venice lagoon today is surrounded by a vast metropolitan area with 3 million people, which includes the city of Mestre, just 10 minutes train ride to Venice," Fincato said.


Thus, she added Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Womens , living in the old town can be a good choice linked by now to life in a metropolitan area. "Many people from around the world have decided to live in Venice. In my neighborhood there are British, American and Australian families, just to name a few examples," she pointed out.




There is a part of Venice which indeed is like an open-air museum," Fincato went on saying. "The same thing happens with Suzhou. The old town center is small, but the metropolitan area counts million people," she added.


"We have to be realistic when talking of Venice or Suzhou, and consider that there are some areas of the city which are of course invaded by mass tourism Nike Air Vapormax Womens , but there are also other districts, maybe less known, which can definitely be residential or visited by more cultured and environment friendly tourists. In the case of Venice, this part is the lagoon, with its around 40 islands," she said.


More must be done to value these zones of the water cities, Fincato pointed out, especially through re-use and management of public spaces Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit , and improvement of transportation and infrastructures.


Some unused parts of Venice's old town center, for example, have been recovered in recent years and put at disposal of students, who are a fundamental element of the city's vitality.


Another positive move was the municipality's acquisition from the Italian state of a large portion of the Arsenal, built in the 12th century as a shipyard to cluster all the industrial activities around the city and for at least four centuries the western world's greatest production site, she said.


From the 1980s, some areas started to be re-used as venues for the Venice Biennale exhibitions and other activities including maintenance works for the city's anti-floods project MOSE. But the Arsenal comprises an area of 48 hectares, and following the acquisition several citizen associations have grouped together to explore its potentiality for economic and social development of Venice.


Italy also has a special law for Venice which dates back to 1966 and should be updated especially regarding tourism Nike Air Vapormax , which "is a resource but can be also a peril" for the city if flows are not properly regulated, Fincato added.




Thanks to its uniqueness, Venice is considered much safer and more livable, especially for the elders and the disabled, than many other cities in Europe, also thanks to special social projects created by the local institutions, Fincato said.


Among them, after the annually Venicemarathon Cheap Air Vapormax Flyknit , wooden ramps on the bridges along the marathon course remain available for months in order to make easier the visit of the city for the disabled people.


Definitely, water can be a big advantage. On the occasion of the world exposition which will run from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year in Milan, the Expo Venice Committee has identified in "Water, Energy for Life" an interpretation of the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."


The committee, which was born before Shanghai Expo 2010 and of which Fincato was the chairperson until recently, is developing a variety of expo-related projects, also focused on alternative tourism linked to water Cheap Air Vapormax , she explained to Xinhua.

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