There was a Sea
Marghera Venice is a town belonging to the City Hall of Venice located on the mainland about five kilometers from Venice and easily accessible by all public transport. Before the residential neighborhoods and the port were built, the town was mainly made up of swamps and salt marshes. The toponym of Marghera derives from “mar ghe gera” or “there was a sea”.
Marghera was built in the early twentieth century for the development of an industrial port capable of competing with the other centers of the Mediterranean and for the development of new housing because the historic center of Venice had no more available building space – as well as to compensate for the problem of overcrowding in the historic center of Venice.
The design of the residential neighborhoods began in 1919 with the production of a plan drawn up by the engineer Peter Emio Emmer who was influenced by the British urban planner Ebenezer Howard that drew on the model of the garden city close to the new industrial center full of surrounding nature. In that year, the work on the industrial area began and, in 1921, there was the inauguration of the yard for the construction of a residential area.
Garden City in Marghera Venice
The garden city provided ample space and a lot of green with tree-lined avenues and flower beds that lined the road from the sidewalk. Moreover, the center of the residential area had to have all facilities such as schools, municipal offices, theaters, hospitals, libraries, and markets to facilitate the aggregation of citizenship. The greatest expansion was in the seventies both for the manufacturing sector and for the demographic that channeled a lot of people from the historic center of Venice and its surrounding areas. Significant changes were in the following years especially after the heavy bombing of World War II that destroyed the port and most of the residential neighborhoods.
Music and Tradition
Today Marghera is very much alive with its market square where there are countless stalls packed with fruit, vegetables, fish, clothing, and many other retail items. Noteworthy are the hotels, restaurants, pizzerias, and bars that produce the best cicchetti (local appetizer) and the best traditional Venetian cuisine at bargain prices than Venice. Marghera is also known for its bands performing many types of music. Especially during the summer period (June-August), take place the “Marghera Summer Village”, with live music, events, antique markets, good local food, plenty of beer and a lot of fun in the hottest summer evenings.