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  • Population 49,999

    Population 49,999

    The population of the city of Venice has been in a steep decline for the last seventy years, and is now under 50,000 inhabitants.

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  • Old maps of Venice

    Old maps of Venice

    Old maps are an important source for our understanding of how Venice looked and functioned in the past

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  • Archaeological digs in St. Mark’s square

    Archaeological digs in St. Mark’s square

    Archaeological digs in the Piazza San Marco have uncovered parts of the ancient church of San Giminiano and a grave of four persons

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  • The Fall of Venice

    The Fall of Venice

    The fall of Venice on May 12th, 1797, was the result of a war that the Republic of Venice formally wasn’t even party to.

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  • Ca’ Dario

    Ca’ Dario

    The Ca’ Dario on the Grand Canal in Venice has lately acquired a bad reputation, but it is almost guaranteed ghost-less.

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  • Map of the lagoon islands

    Map of the lagoon islands

    This is an interactive map of most of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. Many islands are abandoned, or privately owned and inaccessible

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  • Prostitution in Venice

    Prostitution in Venice

    In ancient Venice prostitution was considered a necessary evil, where more harm would come from a ban than from a de facto acceptance

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  • Streets in Venice

    Streets in Venice

    Streets in Venice have different names from in the rest of Italy, because Venice wasn’t a part of Italy for most of its history.

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  • The testament of Marco Polo

    The testament of Marco Polo

    We don’t know the exact date of the death of Marco Polo, but his last will and testament is dated January 9th, 1323 M.V.

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  • Venetian House Numbers

    Venetian House Numbers

    Venice has an unusual system of house numbers. It is a fairly recent addition to Venice, and it has something to do with taxes.

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