The history of Venice like the city itself is unique. Inhabitants from the neighboring mainland seeking refuge from the savage Barbarians who conquered Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire, the history of Venice began with the Venetian lagoon offering a refuge for these people. Slowly, but surely, these people learned how to adapt to life on water and the city of Venice rose from the brackish waters of the lagoon to become one of the most celebrated cities in the world. During the history of Venice, the Venetian Republic still remains the longest ever running Republic in the history of the world.
HISTORY OF VENICE, ITALY
For nearly 1400 years, the two or three miles of shallow water separating Venice from mainland Italy, had not only protected Venice from invaders but effectively isolated the Venetians from the Italian political life.
Untouched by the papalist and imperialist warfare, feudalism and territorial squabbles; they fixed there attention towards the East and the rich markets of the Levantine and Constantinople. And so began the great mercantile empire of the Venetian Republic.
A city built from fear, was soon to be heralded as the most dazzlingly beautiful city in the world. While the Florentines were regarded as great thinkers, the Venetians should be regarded as great doer's. For they alone conquered the malaria-ridden swamps to build a city from nothing.
Our Original Venice Walk is the perfect introduction to Venice, through which the first-time visitor is subtly introduced to the beauty and complex history of the world's longest existing Republic.
The architectural and artistic treasures to be found throughout the city of Venice, reflect a continual process of enrichment through which the Venetians showed their great sense of nationalism at a time when the rest of Europe was in chaos.
Our Doge's Palace Walk introduces you to the political and social institutions that made Venice by far the most liberal and free state in Europe during the Middle ages. Along with the richly decorated chambers of the Palace that provide the perfect introduction to the great artists of Venice.
Modern day Venice is still an intriguing and mystifying city to visit. Its great history seems to reasonant throughout the whole city. Traditions and festivals continue throughout the calendar year marking events from the rich history of Venice, the Queen of the Sea.