Le Venezie. Cultura e Territorio
The Masi Foundation has published its own bilingual (Italian and English) journal since 2005. This is the house-organ of the Foundation and records its life and activities as well as containing cultural and artistic information about the region, about Venetian personalities and about the ever-interesting worlds of wine and local gastronomy.
Below the editorial of the magazine, number 48.
"THE YEAR OF DANTE AND OUR ‘SELVA OSCURA’
In this year of 2021 we would have liked to celebrate Dante Alighieri, the ‘father’ of our language and of a certain idea of Italy capable of feeling united around his historic viewpoints, with all the attention and passion that he deserves. But the seventh centenary of his death coincides with the second year of the pandemic. And ‘his’ Italy is burdened with some troubling questions. The first is how to disarm the virus in time to avert social, economic, and civil decline? The second is how will the world and our way of life change once we emerge from the Covid-19 tunnel, and how do we prepare for this change? For us, more specifically: how do we reopen Venice and all the other cities of the Venetian regions, big and small, to visitors from all over the world? How do we bring back delight to skiers and hikers visiting the splendid scenery of the Dolomites, after the sad spectacle of the spectatorless World Ski Championships in Cortina?
The answer to the first question is ‘vaccines’, since social distancing alone has not been able to halt the virus. The second question has no such easy answer, given that it is certain that “nothing will be the same as before’’. But in the meantime, various ideas are emerging to point us to ways in which we can build the paths of change in a positive way, rather than suffer their consequences. The environment, for example, and the sustainability of human activity in the face of Nature, are now undisputed priorities, as reflected also in the Masi Prize. The future of our agriculture and viticulture is at stake, and of the many manufacturing businesses that are such an integral part of the regions where they were founded.
This is the time of challenge – the new ‘dark forest’ or ‘selva oscura’ – that must be crossed without losing our way by “the people of the fair land where the ’si’ doth sound”. The conclusion: trying to come out of this situation better and more aware of our cultural and civil heritage, and of the potential it offers, can also be a suitable way to honour Dante."