Person driving a Gondola in Venice
This Italian City Is A Must-Visit For History-Buffs
While Venice is known for gondola rides, scenery, and food, this Italian city has a fascinating legacy dating back over a thousand years.
Founded as a refuge for Italians fleeing invasions in the fifth century, Venice soon became a powerful maritime republic that would become wealthy from its vast trade network.
This prosperity during the Middle Ages saw the construction of many of Venice's important landmarks across its 118 islands, which remain today, including St. Mark's Square.
Also known as Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's Square dates back to the 12th century and has long served as the city's social and political center.
Visitors can also find St. Mark's Basilica, a Byzantine-era structure dating back to 1063, or the Doge's Palace, the Gothic masterpiece from the Venetian Republic period.
With Venice being the home of many celebrated artists, travelers may want to visit the Gallerie dell'Accademia for an aesthetic journey from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Venice's cultural scene extends to Carnival, an annual February tradition dating back to the 11th century. It's a 10-day celebration filled with elaborate masks and grand costumes.
Visitors may also want to check out one of the world's earliest ghettos, the Venetian Ghetto, to learn more about the city's Jewish community.
Thanks to its beauty, history, and cultural significance, Venice has been designated a UNESCO Heritage Site. The city is an essential destination for history enthusiasts.