The history of Venice was not always fortunate. The 1300's brought trials and difficulties to the
political structure as the Doge's power and efficacy as a ruler were eroded by
an ever growing number of governing councils. To further shroud this century
in darkness, the Black Death ravaged the population killing 600 Venetians a
day at the peak of the epidemic. Half the population was lost in a single year
In 1797 Napoleon invaded the city with little resistance ending the
1,100 year independence of Venice.
In 1815 Venice fell into Austrian hands.
The rail link to the mainland was completed shortly after.
damage during WWI and WWII despite the heavy fighting nearby.
city of more than 100 islets is part of Italy and is one of the most beautiful
and romantic destinations in the world. Venice has something to offer everyone
from the student of history to the casual tourist.
Explore the pages that follow
for a small sampling of the offerings of this fascinating city. But remember,
a visit to Venice is much like a tour of any other Italian city - to fully
understand and appreciate the local peculiarities and culture, one must
prepare by taking the time to study the history of the place.