Venice

Venice

Venice (English /ˈvɛnɪs/; Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsia]  alternative obsolete form: Vinegia; Venetian: Venexia [veˈnɛsja]; Latin: Venetia; Slovene: Benetke) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.

Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. In 2009, there were 270,098 people residing in Venice’s comune (the population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 60,000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazioni (roughly equivalent to “parishes” or “wards” in other countries) of Mestre and Marghera; 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 1,600,000. PATREVE is only a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BC. The city historically was the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”. Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”. Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Outline
Venice (English /ˈvɛnɪs/; Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsia] alternative obsolete form: Vinegia; Venetian: Venexia [veˈnɛsja]; Latin: Venetia; Slovene: Benetke) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

    La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

  2. Frontiers of the Roman Empire

    Frontiers of the Roman Empire

  3. The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)

    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainault)

  1. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

    Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

  2. Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

    Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid

  3. Gough and Inaccessible Islands

    Gough and Inaccessible Islands

  1. Tower of Hercules

    Tower of Hercules

  2. The Wadden Sea

    The Wadden Sea

  3. Upper Middle Rhine Valley

    Upper Middle Rhine Valley

  1. Limes

    Limes

  2. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

  3. Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

    Ensemble of the Ferrapontov Monastery

  1. Costiera Amalfitana

    Costiera Amalfitana

  2. Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza

  3. Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

    Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

  1. Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

    Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

  2. Wieliczka Salt Mine

    Wieliczka Salt Mine

  3. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

  1. Schokland and Surroundings

    Schokland and Surroundings

  2. Warszawa

    Warszawa

  3. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias

  1. Meteora

    Meteora

  2. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

    Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

  3. L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

    L’viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre

  1. Las Médulas

    Las Médulas

  2. Acropolis of Athens

    Acropolis of Athens

  3. Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

    Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent

  1. San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

    San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries

  2. Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

    Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine’s Abbey, and St. Martin’s Church

  3. Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

    Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns

  1. Litomyšl Castle

    Litomyšl Castle

  2. Roskilde Cathedral

    Roskilde Cathedral

  3. Monastic Island of Reichenau

    Monastic Island of Reichenau

  1. Laponian Area

    Laponian Area

  2. The Trulli of Alberobello

    The Trulli of Alberobello

  3. Ironbridge Gorge

    Ironbridge Gorge

  1. Our Lady of Ljeviš

    Our Lady of Ljeviš

  2. Old Rauma

    Old Rauma

  3. Alhambra

    Alhambra

facebook comments
Comment
To the Top