As the world’s most ancient republic, the birthplace of modern capitalism and an integral part of European Renaissance, Venice has many stories to tell and a deep, interesting history for visitors and guests to explore. Immerse yourself in the Venetian way of life by getting to know this fascinating place more closely. The city’s culture is a feast for the senses, from its handcrafted masks and amazing glass to fine art and opera, great foods and wines.
Venice is a true jewel of the world and an incredible sight that must be experienced. This amazing city of waterways has centuries of history to describe, through its unique architecture and engineering as well as its fabulous culture. A romantic city of art and music, Venice is a place of beauty, romance, history, intrigue and enigma. Teeming with contradictions, a city without terra firma and an empire without borders, a city unique to the world: Venice is not a place but a destination; not only a city but an icon.
Start with the beautiful Chiesa di San Stae, an 11th century church filled with exquisite art located adjacent to the Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel. This is also the best place to catch a water taxi or vaporetto service to other city locations. Rides and walking tours can also be arranged through the Palazzo’s concierge service upon request, along with private transfers to and from the palace.
Once little more than a watery sanctuary away from the Italian mainland, Venice rose from the ruins of the Roman Empire to become the strongest marine power in the world and the birthplace of the mercantile economy that we still know and use today. Capitalism thrived and Venetians rose up together to protect and strengthen their unique culture and incredible city. The Venetian Republic is the world’s oldest with more than a millennium of political and societal history.
Trading life influenced Venetian culture heavily, and the city was among the first to separate church and state where politics were concerned. Beginning around 700 CE, Venice adopted a democratic republican system with a nominated leader for life - the Venetian Doge. This elected official wore the Corno Ducale to symbolise his status and was assisted in all state functions by a personal six-man council who sought to maintain integrity and balance in the Doge’s decisions and actions. The last Venetian Doge was Ludovico Manin, who abdicated under coercion in 1797.
Venice was transformed during the Renaissance period as the city’s architects worked around the physical limitations of its location. The Venetian Gothic style was an adaptation of influences from the East and the West, harmonized perfectly in examples such as the magnificent Doge’s Palace and the inspirational San Stae Church. Venice’s buildings are among the most photographed in the world, and create a display point for another classic Venetian craft: stained glass artwork.
The Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder suggested that humans have been working with glass for over 5000 years. The Romans used glass in all aspects of their life, from dining to fashion to adornment. By the year 100 CE, glass was a common component of Roman architecture and archaeology has revealed glass-working to have existed in Venice from as early as the 7th century. By the 13th century, Venice was a major European centre of glass manufacturing and the secrets of the trade were closely guarded for centuries. Today a fine glass trade remains in Venice and beautiful examples of the city’s craftsmanship can be viewed in churches, palaces and fine properties across Italy and beyond.Discover More About The History of Venice