The Republic of Venice — or the Most Serene Republic of Venice, to give it its full name — existed for 1,100 years, from 697 CE to 1797 CE, when Napoleon conquered the city. It’s an astonishing length of time for a period when upheavals, coups and conquerings were regular events.
Europe was once littered with mini Venices, and many of these towns remain today. Here are some of the most atmospheric…..
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