Venice and famous Venetians

On this day in 1866, after Austria lost control of Venice, the city was ceded to the newly created United Kingdom of Italy.

Venice is known not only for its splendid beauty, but also for being home to some of the most renowned people in history.

View of Venice: The Church of Il Redentore

According to UNESCO, “[t]he whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.”  Especially during the Renaissance, Venice was an important centre of art.

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However, Venice also played a great role in music. Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Legrenzi are some of the most celebrated composers of Venice.

The contributions of Venetian Marco Polo and Giacomo Casanova to Europe’s cultural heritage are also immense.

World map based largely on travel narratives such as Marco Polo's. L'oeuvre de Casanova de Seingalt

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