"Venice - The City of Lovers" Venice by nicolaitan

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Today's Venice is a city of over 270000 people, with over 60000 living in the central historic center. It is built on an archipeligo of 118 islands separated by 150 canals in a shallow lagoon at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea. It is Europe's largest urban car free district, with canal transport and walking as the major modes of transportation. It is connected to the mainland by 2 causeways (train - 19th Century and auto - 20th Century. Today Venice is a city of Art and Architecture with major museum. cathedrals, and palaces. It is called the city of lovers for the romance of its canals (and the absence of motorised vehicles favoring long walks along the water).

Venice in the Past

The islands and swamps of the shallow lagoon on which Venice is built were first settled in the 5th and 6th Centuries by those fleeing the Lombards and other invaders following the fall of the Roman Empire. The growing city was annexed to the Byzantine Empire, but functioned independently electing a governing duke, or Doge. Given its location, it became a major trade and commercial city by the 9th Century. As the staging site for the 4th Crusade very early in the 13th Century, Venice received the spoils of war as well and became a wealthy powerful city with a large empire covering much of surrounding Central Europe, the Balkans, and most of the Mediterranean Sea. The city also controlled much of what is today northeastern Italy including Padua, Verona, and Bergamo. Between the 14th and 17th Century, following repeated wars first with Genoa and then with multiple Italian cities, Venice's political and economic might slowly diminished. Conquered by Napoleon in 1767 and then ceded to Austria, Venice regained its independence in the mid-19th Century quickly joining the new Kingdom of Italy (1866).

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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I like the way you organized this. Well written descriptions and lovely photos.
    Ill have to give Venice another chance someday:)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Nice descriptions and photos!

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Been in Venice many yrs ago w/my auntie. Looks like its beauty hasn't change much. Wonderful photos!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    The Canal and Rialto Bridge photo's are delightful! To see Venice in person must have been wonderful. I hear the gondolas are really pricey, but still worth the experience. Nice page!

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    I wonder how much we will manage to see in Venice. We'll be there for a weekend in early june but I'm afraid it's gonna be packed with tourists!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    I hadn't realized that Venice is "Europe's largest urban car free district" -- but now that you mention it, yes, it is. I've just returned from Italy (Milan, Cremona, Busseto), but didn't get as far as Venice this time. Maybe next year . . .

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2007 at 1:55 PM

    Ah :-) Yes, very much helpful :-)) I need to see this Tintoretto painting ! Even if I have to wait for hours to get inside the Palazzo Ducale :-)) smiles from here :-)

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2006 at 7:36 AM

    Oneof those places I'd like to visit. Maybe one day.... Enjoyable reading and some lovely photos.

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 11:05 AM

    I'm planning a trip to Venice in September - your tips were very helpful and I love the pics!

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2006 at 8:22 PM

    Very nice ..... living inthe desert, I have an thing for water ... and canals .....


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