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Many of the buildings are in a state of disrepair  
   

Many of the buildings are in a state of disrepair

Although the framing isn't perfect here, I've tried to show how much work needs to be done on restoring the facades of many of the buildings
Venice - Who Needs It?

November 30th 1999
Dee and Richard TaylorI have to say, we were a little disappointed with Venice. It is pretty (in a kind of dilapidated shabby chic sort of way) but we couldn't help feeling that this town gets a little more hype than it deserves. We got in tired after two full days (bone achingly full) in Interlaken. Maybe that's why we couldn't help but notice that there are a few things the Italians could do to ... read more
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Italian Flag Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more
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