Isola di San Michele

Isola di San Michele

Isola di San Michele, has been the city’s main cemetery (cimitero), since the early 19th century and is located between the northern coast of Venice and Burano. A visit to San Michele offers an important insight into the history and culture of Venice and its...

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San Francesco del Deserto

San Francesco del Deserto

San Francesco del Deserto, located between the islands of Sant' Erasmo and Burano, is an idyllic refuge in the Venice Lagoon around 4 hectares in size; surrounded by cypress trees and pines and dominated by a 13th century Franciscan monastery of the Order of Minor...

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The List of Venetian Doges

The List of Venetian Doges

The List of Venetian Doges.  This post gives a list of all 120 Doges of Venice, ordered by the dates of their reigns. For more than 1,000 years, the chief magistrate and leader of the city of Venice and later of the Most Serene Republic of Venice was styled the Doge,...

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The Doges of Venice

The Doges of Venice

The Doges of Venice, were the chief magistrates and leaders of the Republic of Venice between 726 and 1797. This post covers the history of the title, their selection, regulations, ritual role, regalia, death and burial and decline of the office .   “The doge’s...

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The Venetian Lagoon and its Ecosystem

The Venetian Lagoon and its Ecosystem

The Venetian Lagoon and its Ecosystem, is the most important survivor of a system of estuarine lagoons, that in Roman times extended from Ravenna north to Trieste. During the 5th to 6th century, the lagoon gave security to people under Roman rule; fleeing Hun and...

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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 Mark's...

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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”, written c....

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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...

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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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