Monday, October 19, 2015

Netàr a Corte - Cleaning Day in Venice 2015

Netàr in Corte
(Venice, Italy) It's that time of year again when a group of private individuals who love Venice come together to clean up their city, all on their own initiative. Organized by the group, the Associazione Masegni & Nizioleti, a pack of volunteers blitzed through the city yesterday, cleaning graffiti off walls, wells and memorial plaques, as well as hacking off  "love locks" from Venice's bridges. 


"Netàr" means "to clean" in the Venetian language. Masegni are stones that Venetians have been using for centuries to pave the streets, which are quarried from the Euganean Hills, also known as the Venetian Hills. 

www.masegni.org
Nizioleti are the white and black street signs you see everywhere in Venice, marking the names of streets and campos. Back in March, 2014, two different Facebook groups, one dedicated to the Masegni and one to the Nizioleti, combined their efforts to create the new group, the Associazione Masegni & Nizioleti. 


The Fearless Warriors slipped into gauzy white Super Suits and attacked the walls and wells with magic Graffitti Eater, and hacked off locks with bolt cutters with names like Excalibur and Durlindana. They scraped off each letter of graffiti by hand, using wire brushes, and sliced off every lock with ease with their mighty swords. 


The Clean Up
After several hours of labor and camaraderie, covered with dust and speckled with paint, the Fearless Warriors gathered together to feast and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well-done. 


The group of volunteers has been steadily growing since it began back in 2012, which you can read about here:

Cleaning Day in Venice





To view many more photos of the event, click HERE to go to Netàr a Corte on Facebook, or HERE to visit the group's Facebook page.

Ciao from Venezia,
Cat
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog

1 comment:

  1. It's that time of year again when a group of private individuals who love Venice come together to clean up their city, all on their own initiative. Organized by the group, the Associazione Masegni & Nizioleti, a pack of volunteers blitzed through the city yesterday, cleaning graffiti off walls, wells and memorial plaques, as well as hacking off "love locks" from Venice's bridges.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...