Alvise Zorzi

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Alvise Zorzi (born July 10, 1922 in Venice , † May 14, 2016 in Rome ) was an Italian historian, television journalist and author of numerous books about his hometown Venice. He came from an old Venetian noble family.

His father was the journalist, author and, in the post-war years, director of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia Elio Zorzi. His mother was Irma Gelmetti, poet and exponent of Futurism , who wrote under the name 'Irma Valeria'.

Alvise Zorzi was one of the most important Venice specialists. He studied literature in Padua . From 1953 to 1961 he was head of the cultural programs of Italian television, later coordinator of international relations in the field of radio and television; after that he was Vice President of the European Broadcasting Union. He was married to the author Mimì Prinetti Castelletti, with whom he had a son.

667 years after the death of Doge Marino Zorzi , Alvise Zorzi, from the same noble family, published La Repubblica del Leone, a comprehensive homage to his hometown. The book was also published in German in 1981 under the title Venice 697–1797 .

Zorzi was president of Comitati privati per la salva guardia di Venezia , a non-governmental organization , which works closely with the UNESCO has worked together and the monument offices in Venice and financed the restoration of more than 80 monuments and over 900 art works since its foundation 1966th

He was also President of the Comitato per la Pubblicazione delle Fonti per la Storia di Venezia and a confrere of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco .


German title
  • Marco Polo. A biography , translated from Italian by Sylvia Höfer, Düsseldorf 1983. ISBN 3-546-49972-7
  • Venice. The History of the Lion Republic , Fischer, 1987.
  • Venice one city one republic one world empire 697–1797 , Amber, Munich 1981.
  • The most beautiful palaces in Venice , Munich 1995th
  • Austria's Venice. The last chapter of foreign rule 1798 to 1866 , Düsseldorf 1990. ISBN 3-546-49970-0
  • Grand Canal. Biography of a waterway , Hildesheim 1993. ISBN 3-546-00057-9
Italian title
  • Venezia scomparsa. Storia di una secolare degradazione , 2 vols., Milan 1972, Mondadori, 2001.
  • Sua serenitá Venezia. Mille anni di buon governo , Mondadori, Milan 1971.
  • La Repubblica del Leone. Storia di Venezia , Milan 1979, paperback edition 2008.
  • Una città, una repubblica, un impero. Venezia 697–1797 , Mondadori, Milan 1980.
  • Venezia e l'Oriente. Arte, commercio, civilta al tempo di Marco Polo , Milan 1981, Electa, 1989.
  • Vita di Marco Polo veneziano. Milan 1982, 2nd edition, Bompiano, Milan 2000.
  • Venezia Felix. Gabriel Bella, cronista della Serenissima , introduction by Vittorio Sgarbi, with a French translation, Franco Maria Ricci, Milan 1984.
  • Venezia austriaca 1798–1866 , Rome / Bari 1985.
  • Cortigiana Veneziana. Veronica Franco ei suoi poeti , Camunia, Milan 1986.
  • with Paolo Marton: I palazzi veneziani , Udine 1989. ISBN 8870570835
  • Venezia. Il Canal Grande , Rizzoli, Milan 1991.
  • Monsieur Goldoni. Un veneziano a Parigi tra il declino di una repubblica e la morte di un regno 1762–1793 , Corbaccio, Milan 1993.
  • Il Doge. Un romanzo vero , Milan 1994.
  • Venezia ritrovata. 1895–1939 , Mondadori, Milan 1995.
  • La monaca di Venezia, una storia d'amore e di libertà , Mondadori, Milan 1996.
  • San Marco per semper. Una storia mai raccontata , Mondadori, Milan 1998.
  • Napoleone e Venezia , Mondadori, Milan 2010.

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  1. Not to be confused with the Provveditore di Terraferma Alvise Zorzi of the same name (around 1630).
  2. Venice is alive .