In the late 15th century, a fire destroyed a lot of the original architecture of the Ducale Palace on St Mark’s Square, so the architect, Antonio Rizzo, introduced a Renaissance design to the previously gothic style building.
Venice is world-renowned as the romantic city; however its history is rich and runs back centuries past. It was founded in the 5th century. It became a republic in the late 7th century until the late 18th century. In the later 19th century (1866), Venice was considered a part of Italy, the new kingdom.
In the late 19th century, Mark Twain, the famous American author who wrote the world-renowned “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, came to Venice and dedicated most of his chapter in “The Innocents Abroad” on the urban Venetian life with reference to the traditional gondolas and their “captains”.
The Republic of Venice is known to the world as “La Serenissima” because of it having the reputation of being the most serene republic emphasizing the sovereignty of the republic.
The Republic ended at the end of the 18th century in 1797 when Napoleon’s army drove the republic to sign a French peace treaty relating to a new democratic type of government.
The city of Venice has acquired many traditions, beautiful monuments, landmarks and more throughout the centuries for visitors to explore and experience when they visit Italy.
Some of Venetian cuisine use birds such as ducks and wigeons as they migrate over the lagoons of Venice during the fall season.
Visit Italy in the summertime and plan a trip to Venice and visit the islands on one of the most iconic features of the city, the Venetian gondola.
The traditional gondola in Venice is not banana-shaped like most of the Venetian rowing boats tourists use to tour the Grand Canal.
The city of Venice’s government made further modifications of the traditional Venetian gondola forbidden in the 20th century. The banana shape of this rowing boat was actually developed in the 19th century and is not the traditional shape!
There are many sites that commemorate the world-renowned musician and composer, Antonio Vivaldi, in Venice, Italy. Apart from the two museums that have exhibits of his life, there is the cemetery where the Vienna Technical University in Karlsplatz, Vienna in Austria is today, where he was buried.
The façade of the gondola boat is called “ferro”, which translates to “iron” in English, and is usually made of brass, aluminium, or stainless steel. It is basically there in order to counterbalance the weight of the rower (gondolier) as well as a beautiful decorative addition.