The city of Venice originated as united lagoon communities fleeing successive waves of invaders into Northern Italy during last years of the Western Roman Empire.  During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Venice was a major center for commerce and trade, as it controlled a vast sea-empire in the Mediterranean.
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The city of Venice originated as united lagoon communities fleeing successive waves of invaders into Northern Italy during last years of the Western Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Venice was a major center for commerce and trade, as it controlled a vast sea-empire in the Mediterranean.

© David Noyes 2011

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