Founded in the 5th century, according to a tradition, and spread over 118 small islands, Venice is known as the “city on water”: over half of the 415 k㎡ of the Municipality’s area comprises its Lagoon, while the historical centre – the “fish” as it is widely known – is only 8 k㎡ wide.
Venice’s Lagoon is one of the oldest examples of the complex relationship between man and nature, and its stunning landscape includes great treasures of art and architecture.
UNESCO included Venice in 1987 on its list of World Heritage sites. The UN, for its part, nominated Venice in 2011 as a “model city for resilience in the preservation of cultural heritage”.
The Municipality of Venice has just under 300,000 inhabitants: 60,000 live in the historical centre’s “fish” and another 30,000 or so live on the outlying islands of the Lagoon.
Venice is a tourist city. Visitors at present are about 20 million every year, with about ten million overnights spent in its many hotels and B&Bs.
Venezia has been the centre of several well know books, fascinating authors and readers.
Some examples are the Merchant of Venice of W. Shakespeare and Death in Venice by T. Mann.
In case you are interested in the story of Venezia you might also considering the book , The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage by Jan Morris