Venice – an elegant old city

Venice lies in a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea surrounded by a string of islands and is an old, elegant city. It is the capital of the Veneto Region of Northeastern Italy. Venice was an important and wealthy city in the Roman Empire.  As the Empire began to collapse however, people began to flee to these islands for shelter around 400 A.D. Venice began to be settled permanently around 450 A.D.

Saint Mark's
Saint Mark’s Basilica
St. Marks
Saint Mark’s Basilica

Venice came to be seen as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is a great history here of art and architecture. From the Grand Canal’s many Palazzo’s to the Doge’s Palace (Duke) and Saint Mark’s Basilica there is always something to remind you of the deep history here. This city has a deep history in political and social institutions as well.

Venice Italy
The Grand Canal
Venice
Doge’s Palace

The traditions here run deep and are still celebrated throughout the year like Carnevale!

Venice
Riva degli Schiavoni

Venice was a major maritime power and financial power during the Renaissance and was involved in the Crusades from the beginning. The city was a very important center for commerce and art from the 13th thru the 17th century. By the end of the 15th century Venice was the second largest city after Paris in Europe and most likely the richest!

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Let’s explore some of this city’s landmark buildings and sites. First the Rialto Fish and Farmer’s Market.  In the morning your senses are assailed by every variety of fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits.  The colors are incredible and you probably don’t have a basket big enough since I guarantee your eyes are bigger than your stomach or basket 🙂

Of course, around every corner is another magnificent church!

Santa Maria della Salute
Santa Maria della Salute

Want more Italy?  I have blogs on many areas in Italy so have fun exploring! Did you miss Carnevale di Venezia  or The Magic of Venice? I was also in Venice last June.  Here is a link to those blogs also: Venice

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