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The History of Venice TIMELINE
We created the most simple way to understand the HISTORY OF VENICE TIMELINE.
The history of Venice Timeline as you’ll read in the pages of this website is fascinating and full of historical figures who have made it, what it is today, the most romantic city in the world with a unique cultural heritage in the world. We have created this timeline that will make reading and discover the history of Venice easier to understand, you will follow a path since it was founded until now. Are you ready to start this journey? We have also added a video very well done by Piero and Alberto Angela. Enjoy the show! The video is actually in Italian Language but you can enjoy anyway!
- In 569 after heavy Lombard invasion in northern Italy, some people escape and took refuge in what is now called the Lagoon of Venice (Venetian Lagoon) and founded Venice. In those years there were only small uninhabited islands, and there was a real urban center. The people of Venice was originally created by fishermen, and they used to leave on a stretch of land on the water calls sandbanks. The lagoon of Venice, was a real swamp but with a potential strategic position, we’ll find out after.
- 726 this was the most important year for the History of Venice, the venetian elect for the first time il Doge .questo fu un anno importante per questa Venezia, i veneziani infatti elessero per la prima volta il Doge. The doge was a very powerful figure, was like our president on our days, he set rules in Venice and make sure everything goes well.
- c 820 Venetians who were initially located on the island of Torcello, they decide to move their “administration” in what is now call Rialto, on the island of Rialto. There are also many legends about the birth of Venice, which you can find on our website.
- 828 Venetians from Alexandria acquiring some bones that were recognized as those of San Marco, after that was decided to build the Basilica of San Marco, where he still retained. San Marco if you do not know it, was the “Saint of Venice” one who protects the city.
- 1082 Venice acquires the privileges of commercial value from Constantinople
- c 1082 In the cathedral of Torcello, and at the Basilica of San Marco, Venetian mosaics are a culmination in the western part of the Byzantine tradition
- 1204 Venice takes the islands of Corfu and Crete useful as part of the spoils of the Fourth Crusade
- c 1205 Molti dei tesori che adornano la chiesa di San Marco a Venezia sono bottino presi da Costantinopoli durante la quarta crociata
- 1271 Many of the treasures that adorn the San Marco Basilica in Venice are loot taken from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade
- 1295 Marco Polo returned to Venice after an absence of 25 years, to the east
- c 1340 Palazzo Ducale in italian or (Doges Palace in english) began in its present in this year, is just one of the spectacular beauty of the Venetian Gothic.
- 1380 Il blocco veneziano di Chioggia di Genova con la sua flotta fa finire la rivalità con Venezia genovese nel Mediterraneo orientale
- 1470 The first Italian printing press is located in Venice, which rivals Germany soon for the quality of its print
- c 1475 Giovanni Bellini becomes the key figure in the development of the Renaissance style in Venice
- 1489 Annexation of Cyprus to Venice in Venice allows you to expand into the eastern Mediterranean, taking several islands in strategic locations.
- 1510 Giorgione and Tiziano two historical painters, introduce the richness of color that characterizes the high Renaissance style in Venice
- 1510 The painter Giorgione died after a short but he had a extremely influential life in Venice
- 1516 The original ghetto was established as a district in which the Jews of Venice were confined
- 1671 the Spanish fleet together with the Venetian fleet are able to defeat the Turks in the historic battle of Lepanto.
- 1573 after the annexation in 1489, Venice cedes the island of Cyprus to the Turks, despite the Christian victory at Lepanto two years before.
- 1587 Venice opens the first modern bank (the Banco della Piazza di Rialto) for the secure storage and transfers.
- 1637 The first public opera house, the Teatro San Cassiano, opens in Venice
- c 1720 Canaletto began to specialize in the scenic representation of the Venetian canals, finding among its main customers from England.
- 1741 New Venice Theatre, il Teatro Novissimo, thats mean (The newest theatre) equipped with machinery capable of changing scenes in the blink of an eye, a real evolution for the theater.
- c 1754 Francesco Guardi, already a famous figure painter, he began to specialize in the “views of Venice.” This city is his hometown.
- 1797 important date in which Napoleon invalidates the last Doge and create a provisional democracy.
- 1797 With the Treaty of Campoformio repubblica libera di Venezia, created by Napoleone, is delivered to the Austrian rule, and doing that, Venice go under the control of the Austrians.
- 1819 JMW Turner come for the first time in Venice, and discover a rich vein of inspiration.
- 1866 The Austrian rule ends up in the Venetian territories, which will decide whether to join the new Kingdom of Italy, called (Il Regno d’Italia).
- 1913 German writer Thomas Mann published the novella Death in Venice La morte a Venezia
- 1934 Benito Mussolini invite as guest in Venice Adolf Hitler, the newcomer among the European dictators
- 1951 Carriera di un libertino, with music by Igor Stravinsky and a libretto by WH Auden and Chester Kallman, has its premiere in Venice
As you can see Venice has been host to several events that have contributed to the formation of this city and of Italy. A unique heritage. Today Venice in 2014, it is depopulated, many Venetians live outside the main islands of Murano, Burano and Venice, but moved to the mainland in cities such as Mira Mirano, Oriago and so on. The reason is probably the economic crisis we are experiencing in recent years, which does not allow young people to buy a home in beautiful Venice and then does this mass displacement. Venice today is home to tens of millions of people every year, a the over over 600 hotels in Venice, another source of tourism are the cruises. The future of Venice we do not know, the only thing we can hope for is that it remains of the Venetians.