Some of you are probably wondering "where in Italy is Venice?": Venice is located in the northeast coast of Italy. It is protected from the Adriatic Sea by a long strip of land composed by the Venice Lido, the Cavallino-Treporti Lido and the Jesolo Lido. The region around Venice is called the Veneto.
History of Venice
The Latin origin of the Venice island's name (Venetiae) suggests that the city was conceived as a set of islands close together.
These 118 islands are interconnected over time by more than 400 bridges and their urbanization has been made possible thanks to a consolidation of about 100,000 "palaffitte" and a stone roof. On each of them, a church was later built.
In ancient times the city of Venice has been divided into six districts, called "sestieri": Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello.
The districts of Venice was found on the Canal Grande, the main water way of the city to which 150 smaller canals (called "rii") are connected to.
Among the major islands that surround the historic center of Venice, we can remember: Murano, famous for its glass, Burano, known for its lace its unique and colorful houses, Torcello, with its Basilica, the archaeological site and the first settlement in the lagoon and the Venice Lido with its beaches, famous for the film festival.
The first three islands, namely Murano, Burano and Torcello can be reached by following the same route: you can find all the information on how to visit them on the page "how to get to Burano".
Venice was founded in the fifth century A.D. by the inhabitants of Aquileia fled the barbarian invasions. The fame of this island grew during the subjugation to Byzantium, to the point that in 697 is even set up an official, the Doge, a figure which later became the head of the Serenissima Republic.
The island knew the independence and the autonomy as a political capital of the Serenissima Republic in 1420, after a succession of cheeks, bizzantine and Lombard rulers; also its name changed from the Rialto to Venice.
From this moment on Venice is destined to become the most famous of the four Maritime Republics.
Already in 1340 the city reaches 110,000 people, becoming on of the most populous cities in Europe. A few years later, in 1348, the Black Death reduces by half the population, the subsequent recovery is made possible thanks to a massive influx of immigrants from the hinterland, which determines changes in the economic base (strong expansion of crafts and manufacturing) and intensifies economic and social relations at the regional scale.
In Venice you will find all the most important and profitable activities of that era: shipyards, weapons, silk processing, glass, but also glasses, mirrors, cosmetics.
The grand cultural opening to new markets has made Venice one of the major European powers, and the cultural center for the whole continent, not becoming ever a princely dominion neither a monarchy, but always remaining a Republic (eve if an aristocratic republic).
Its official language were Latin, Venetian and Italian (then Florence).
Invaded by the French on the 16th May 1797, Venice passed under the control of the Austrians on the 17th October of that year: this is the date of the Campo Formio's Treaty, by which Veneto, Friuli, Istria, Dalmatia Cattaro and the Ionian Islands are ceded to Austria.
On the 9th of June 1815, thanks to the Congress of Vienna, Venice passes to the Kingdom of Lombardy-Veneto, where he became one of the two capitals. In this period the island take part in the Risorgimento: protesting against the Austrians who were retreated on the 17th of March 1848.
On this occasion Daniele Manin and NiccolÃ² Tommaseo are released and the Serenissima Republic is proclaimed again, headed by a triumvirate.
Again attacked in 1849 by Austria, Venice resisted for four months to a long siege, surrendering just on the 18th of August, due to starvation and a cholera epidemic. In 1866, after the Third War of Independence, Venice was finally annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.
A guide about Venice and what to visit in Venice
Piazza San Marco - San Marco's Square
The "Piazza San Marco" is the unique square in Venice. Considered by many as the most beautiful square of the world because of its many decorations in the Renaissance arcades and in the buildings surrounding it, the San Marco's Square in reality goes back to medieval times, reaching the current extension as early as the XII century.
We hope to please suggesting some facilities such as hotels, inns and bed & breakfast in Venice in order to help you find accommodation or rooms in Venice or nearby.
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The Contemporary Restaurant Ogio offers a revisited Venetian cuisine for romantic dinners, theme nights and Murder by Death in Venice.
Ogio Ristorante Contemporaneo, online reservation: you can make your reservation by clicking on the name "Ogio Ristorante Contemporaneo" and visiting its own page.
Where to buy local handicraft products around Venice
In the globalized market has become very difficult to buy local crafts in places that you go to visit. Let us, therefore, to suggest the reliable shops where you can buy the authentic pieces and not imported.
This fascinating boat trip in Venice islands offers you a Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour without taking too much time away from visiting Venice: this Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of four hours and includes short stops on all three islands.
A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello, departing from the central San Marco Square. For your Burano tour's reservation, please click on the button below.
This boat trip in the lagoon will allow you to concentrate the 4 hours at your disposal to visit Murano and Burano, the two most famous islands of Venice.
The stops on the islands will be about an hour in Murano, where you can admire the glass working in a glass factory and an hour and a half in Burano, where you can visit a typical lace shop.
The guided tours to these places will still optional and you can choose how to manage your visit to the islands.
Also this tour departs from Piazza San Marco.
A boat excursion to the two most famous Venice's islands without forgetting the typical flavors and dishes! A guided tour to Murano and Burano departing from Venice with a lunch break in a typical Burano's restaurant.
If you are a "DIY tourist", who prefer to move freely without the comfort of our tours, you can get to Burano with the public vaporetto (Line 12). You can skip the line at the ticket offices buying the water bus tickets online.
In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.
Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
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