Venice on map
Map of Venice and italy. Venice on map (Italy) to print. Venice on map (Italy) to download. The heart of Venice is on the island known as the Rialto, the largest island in the lagoon, which is just southwest of the center of this scene. Venice is somewhat protected from the open sea by a row of sandbanks known as the Lido (east of Rialto) as its shown in Venice on map , however, the city is continually under threat of flooding and erosion, and has been experimenting with tidal control measures for more than a thousand years. Four hundred bridges cross the labyrinth of canals that form the 120 islands of Venice. All traffic in Venice moves by boat. Venice is connected to the mainland, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away, by ferries as well as a causeway for road and rail traffic.
The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance (see Venice on map), and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
Though the people of Venice generally remained orthodox Roman Catholics, the state of Venice was notable for its freedom from religious fanaticism and it enacted not a single execution for religious heresy during the Counter-Reformation (see Venice on map). This apparent lack of zeal contributed to Venice frequent conflicts with the Papacy.