Venice actually started out as a bay of communities which combined in alliance for defence against the Lombards and other invaders in the 7th century, since the Byzantine Empire’s power began to decline in North Italy.
The Bridge of Sighs was constructed in the early 17th century linking the Doge’s Palace on Mark’s Square to the prison building structure. It was named so due to the sighs the prisoners made when they looked their last look of freedom out to the sea through the small windows as they went into the prison.
The Frittelle alla Veneziana is actually a traditional Venetian carnival dessert since the Renaissance period invented by Scappi, the Pope’s personal cook. Due to its increased popularity, it spread across the state in the 18th century as the “National Dessert”.
The Carnevale di Venezia, held every year, is actually the biggest carnival in the world. People wear the coolest costumes and some even wear masks. It is a great tourist attraction bringing people from all over the world to witness the magical atmosphere.