The Island of Torcello

The Island of Torcello

The island of Torcello, settled in the 5th to 6th centuries, is older than Venice and was a very important island and trading port in ancient times. Once said to have population of around 20,000 inhabitants; it was a town with a cathedral and bishops before, St...
Marco Polo

Marco Polo

Marco Polo, (1254-1324) was a Venetian merchant, explorer and writer, who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road, between 1271 and 1295. His travels are recorded in “The Travels of Marco Polo” (aka, “Book of the Marvels of the World” and “Il Milione”,...
Political Empire through Trade.

Political Empire through Trade.

Political Empire through Trade. Venice played a major role in reopening the Mediterranean economy to West European commerce and to the development of links with Northern Europe.     Above: Classic view of San Marco waterfront, taken from the Campanile of San...
The Venetian School of Art

The Venetian School of Art

The Venetian School of Art, refers to the distinctive style of art that developed in Renaissance Venice, during the 15th and 16th centuries. A celebratory lust for life, a thriving commercial port linking the East to the West and the influence of High Renaissance...

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