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All I had to do, the Brussa website helpfully informed me, was pass a test to prove I could
manage a topetta, the flat-bottom boat traditional to the Lagoon. How hard could it be?Continue reading the main storyт The Venetians, though, remained skeptical; “we will read about you in the newspaper next day,” one predicted. But they understood my romantic associations. A half-forgotten world of marshes and salt flats, the 212-square-mile Lagoon contains 100 or so islands that thrived during the Renaissance as farms, military bases and monasteries. But in the 20th century, the islands were mostly abandoned. In 2016, the preservation organization Europa Nostra put the Lagoon at the very top of Europe’s “most endangered” list.All of which made it an alluring slice of lost Venice, a place where history, and maybe even solitude, might endure.