The #AmericaLovesVenice campaign has raised over half a million dollars to finance restoration projects

The #AmericaLovesVenice campaign, launched by the Italian Embassy in Washington in partnership with Save Venice, the leading American non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Venice's artistic heritage, has raised over half a million dollars to finance restoration projects following the damage caused by the waves of bad weather that hit the city of Venice, its citizens, its artistic and cultural heritage and its commercial activities hard in November 2019.

The funds raised in this way will allow the financing of 23 immediate and concrete projects related to the restoration and conservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of Venice. These include the restoration of the music scores of the Conservatory on the lower floors of the facade and courtyard of the Ca' d'Oro on the Grand Canal, the Church of San Donato in Murano, the Galleria Franchetti in Ca' D'Oro, the Scuola Dalmata San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and the La Fenice Theatre.

"I am grateful to Save Venice, the many American friends, and the various associations representing the Italian-American community, who have responded to the appeal launched by Save Venice and the Embassy to support the city of Venice. Their generous contributions are a concrete testimony to the very strong bonds of friendship that have always united our countries and that initiatives like this one contribute to renew and strengthen" said Ambassador Armando Varricchio.

Frederick Ilchman, President of Save Venice, said: "We are not surprised. We are deeply touched that Venice has a special significance for many Americans who have generously taken action to protect the artistic and cultural heritage of the city. On behalf of the Save Venice Board of Directors, I would like to thank Ambassador Varricchio for his leadership in advancing this cause."