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Ponte di Rialto by nwhitford

Historic Venice

Ponte di Rialto by nwhitford Creative Commons Attribution

Not content with conquering the known world with its naval fleets, Venice dispatched intrepid explorers like Marco Polo to expand its trade horizons. When its maritime empire passed its high-water mark, Venice refused to concede defeat on the world stage. Instead the city itself became a stage, attracting global audiences with its vivid painting, baroque music, modern opera, independent thinkers, and parties without parallel. In its audacious 1000-year history, Venice has not only risen above sea level, but repeatedly risen to the occasion.