The "Hill of Hope", the endpoint of the pair-to-single exam and in my opinion, where the most moving moment in the whole of ARIA took place.
However, a detour first. Origination skipped the manga's Navigation 53 but on their coverage of Navigation 51, used one picture seen in 53. You can see from the red circled parts that a chunk of Venice has been taken out, while the manga kept that chunk accurately (Thanks to Will for spotting this.)! Another error is that, there are seven bridges instead of the real-life four spanning the Grand Canal.
The reason for the above detour is I have another use for the same picture. In the real-world Venice, there is a causeway linking the island to the mainland. This causeway is also included in ARIA and is presumably the only way to the hill of hope, which seemingly is on the "mainland". While ARIA boasts an elevated canal causeway with wind turbines, the real-life causeway is a gigantic 4 lanes of road and 4 tracks rail.
Let us now familiarise ourselves with the Geography of the Hill of Hope. A green hill overlooking Neo-Venezia. The ever so lovely dekkai-chan included as a bonus.
Now I shall have to tell you this location is fiction, because in real life the city of Mestre occupies the spot. To top it off, the city is flat as a pancake! No picture unfortunately as I found Mestre to be fairly "ordinary".
So, the Hill of Hope is busted as 100% fiction? Not quite as the fiction is only 95%. In Origination, Alice guided us through:
"From here a garden scene continues for a while. This differs from the better-known port scene so please enjoy the different face of Neo Venezia"
So here we go...
I took my picture in the open areas of the eastern part of Venice. Although the trees are missing leaves (first week of April, too early), the shape and placement of the trees bear great resemblance to the Origination. The "East End" of Venice is truly a "different face" of Venice. You cannot find such an open space with so much greenery anywhere else. Add to that the lack of lemmings *whoops* tourists excluding myself!
Therefore the 5% reality of the Hill of Hope is found here, in the East Castello region. Definately far more worth it for me than a certain graffitied top-heavy bridge full of lemmings!
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