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.
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.
EXPLORE MORE: Views of Venice in this gallery