Venice is so much more than meets the eye

Venice has so many cultural resources to share with the world.

Venice, the city of bridges. Today, we know it as one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions, a veritable movie set replete with some of the most beautiful backdrops on the globe.

And indeed it is all of that: From the Doge’s palace and the Basilica of Saint Mark, from Piazza di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) to the Ghetto, from the Bridge of Sighs to the twisty carless “streets” and walkways, the beauty of Venice has inspired countless painters, novelists, poets, and filmmakers over the centuries.

But Venice is also a living, breathing city, with one of the best universities in Europe and a vibrant world-class research community.

It’s also one of the great capitals for European and international art and is home to the Biennale, one of the world’s most important fine art exhibitions. Venice is also home to some of the greatest art museums in the world, like the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. (Check out this Wikipedia list of museums in Venice.)

And while the Florentine Renaissance may be better known among English-speakers, the Venetian Renaissance produced some of the most important literary and philosophical works of the era. The great Venetian poet and literary theorist Pietro Bembo and the humanist printer Aldo Manuzio (Aldus Manutius), for example, entirely reshaped the way the world conceived and consumed poetry with the works they executed in Venice during the sixteenth century.

Until its conquest by Napoleon in 1797, Venice was one of the world’s most powerful maritime city-states and its “most serene republic” stretched from the shores of the Adriatic sea to the doorstep of Milan to the west.

Our blogmaster recently visited Venice and he’s collected a number of great photographs and stories to tell about his time there, including some of his favorite restaurants there.

So please stay tuned for more reports from Venice!

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