Venice is a city in the north eastern part of the Italian country right at the Adriatic within the province of Venetia and is often called La Serenissima.
The city counts 270.884 inhabitants, with only 62.000 people living in the historic centre, called centro storico and 30.000 more on other island in the lagoon. There are more than 100 islands in the lagoon of Venice.
The republic of Venice has been an important political and economic power in Europa for about 1000 years, but lost its independence in 1897, when Napoleon set foot on the well known St. Mark’s Square and forced the supreme authority to surrender.
Today the leading branch it tourism. In 2006 over 14.000.000 people visited the city to witness magnificent sights like the St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile or the beautiful Rialto Bridge.