A city of ingenuity – Venice was built on thousands of pilings across 118 islands and islets. It is situated in the Venitian lagoon separated from the Adriatic Sea by a thin stretch of land (Momigliano, 2019). Founded in the 5th century AD, it’s believed to serve as a refuge from barbarians after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The geographical location enabled Venetians security as enemies lacking both ships and knowledge of the sea could navigate through the area (Avventure Bellissime, 2019). Today, it’s easy to understand why enemies failed to navigate as the city is made up of hundreds of man-made canals interconnected to one another. This has not discouraged the average tourist as Venice is a popular destination. In 2017, Venice received more than 36 million international tourists (Fox, 2019).
Catalina Rivas, Graduate Student