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He was the son of Elio Zorzi, a journalist and the director of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica of the Biennale di Venezia in the years immediately following World War II. He was the director of cultural programs for RAI, Italy's state television network and was a member of the UESCO committee for Venice.
Zorzi authored a number of books on the history and civilization of Venice, including biographies of Carlo Goldoni, Marco Polo, Titian and prominent denizens of the city of bridges. The final book he published during his lifetime is Napoleone a Venezia, which went into print in 2010.
- "Morto Alvise Zorzi, uno dei massimi studiosi di Venezia". Repubblica.it. 15 May 2016.
- Short biography at an Italian website (in Italian)