Venice didn’t end with the fall of La Serenissima. Venice ended under Austrian and later Italian rule.
At Sant’Elena in Venice a flagpole base commemorates Venetians fallen in Africa Orientale Italiana – an Italian colony in Ethiopia and Somalia
Liberation Day – il Giorno della Liberazione – commemorates the end of German occupation in Italy on April 25th, 1945.
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.
Some old postcards from the 1950s give us a glimpse of how the city has changed dramatically within a single lifetime.
Venice has an unusual system of house numbers. It is a fairly recent addition to Venice, and it has something to do with taxes.