"Venice: The Remarkable History of the Lagoon City" by Dennis Romano

This comprehensive account reveals the adaptations to its geographic setting that have been a constant feature of living on water from Venice’s origins to the present. It examines the lives of the women and men, noble and common, rich and poor, Christian, Jew, and Muslim, who built not only the city but also its vast empire that stretched from Northern Italy to the eastern Mediterranean. It details the urban transformations that Venice underwent in response to environmental vulnerability, industrialization, and mass tourism. Alongside the city’s commercial prominence has been its dramatically changing political role, including its power as a city-state, regional stronghold, and overseas empire, as well as its impact on the development of fascism. Throughout, Dennis Romano highlights the city’s cultural achievements in architecture, painting, and music, particularly opera.
A sweeping and comprehensive history of Venice – from its formation in the early Middle Ages to the present day – that traces its evolution as a city, city-state, regional power, and overseas empire. Buona lettura!

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