HISTORY & GENERAL INFORMATION
Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of 271,367. The name is derived from the ancient tribe of Veneti that inhabited the region in Roman times. The city historically was the capital of an independent city-state.
The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers.
The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
[I got this straight from wikipedia.]
Bridge of Sighs
Lion at San Marco
Watertransport in Venice
Venice has been featured in many many movies and books. For instance in a book (also movie by now) from one of my favourite writers, Cornelia Funke. The Thief Lord. It's about two young brothers, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice when people try to seperate them. In Venice they meet Scipio, The Thief Lord. It's a magical story!