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The lagoon of Venice: almost 6000 years of history

Where it’s located The Venice lagoon or Venetian Lagoon is located in the Northern Adriatic Sea, along the coasts of Veneto region, has long been under UNESCO protection. The lagoon of Venice is nearly 6000 years old. In its place there was once a plain formed by sediments carried by rivers like the Brenta and the…

Burano, the island of lace-making

Burano: a colorful island Burano is no doubt the most colorful island in the Lagoon of Venice, the facades of its houses are painted pink, blue, green, yellow, indigo. The inhabitants decided to paint their houses to give fishermen a way to see their homes when they returned from fishing and fog enveloped the island. A very popular…

Torcello the Byzantine Island

Torcello: the first centre of civilization Torcello was already inhabited in Roman times probably only as a retreat of some noble family, later was abandoned when the surrounding lagoon got silted up. Upon arrival of the Barbarians in the fifth and sixth centuries, the inhabitants of cost town Altino took refuge first in Torcello and then in the other…

The Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower and Mercerie

The Bridge of Sighs You are now on the Ponte della Paglia, the Bridge of Hay, where boats would drop off stacks of hay for the horses’ stables inside the Palazzo Ducale on the ground floor. Which is also where, until the 16th century, the city’s prisons were located; and so for extra security the doge of the time had the prisons moved…

Lista di Spagna, San Geremia and Ponte delle Guglie

Lista di Spagna This is Lista di Spagna. The name Lista comes from the Italian verb meaning “to delimit”, and it represented a part of the street marked by white Istrian stones, within which foreign diplomats could enjoy diplomatic immunity. Here, where today we find the Grand Hotel Principe, was the Spanish Embassy to Venice. As well as being Lista di…