Fascism is a word with baggage. Benito Mussolini, nicknamed Il Duce, is an individual associated with this word. He’s a dictator known for many deplorable things. However, I encourage you to ask Italians about Mussolini. Depending on who you ask, you may be surprised to hear Il Duce’s list of accomplishments, including connecting the mainland to the historic city center of Venice in 1933 with a bridge. The Ponte della Libertà runs parallel to the tracks of Venice’s railroad.
The Italian peninsula abounds with constructs such as this, Il Duce’s attempts to unify the regions. Visually he chose architectural designs that incorporated grandly simplistic, symmetrical, sharp-edged, sturdy structures. This architectural style aids the observant tourist in identifying a timeline.
There are three ways to arrive to the historic center of Venice; automobile, boat or like a mere 80.000 people daily, by train.
The Ferrovia (railroad) Santa Lucia sits on the site of a convent. The station was originally conceived and connected to the mainland around mid-1800. The present station, constantly under renovation, was built during the fascist era.
In this station, many a famous individual has arrived and departed. Some via the dark, seductive vintage carriages of the Venice Simplon – Orient Express which glides in seasonally in classic elegance. Others via carriages of the nation’s line, Trenitalia.
Descending the steps of the station, gazing at the glory of the the Grand Canal, take a moment, turn around and observe this spot. Buildings hold our history.