Is Venice most serene?

Do you know what a Thalassocracy is?

To save you the trouble of Googling it, let us tell you. It essentially means a seaborne or maritime “country”. One whose realm is primarily consisting of dominance of the seas. Now given that the sea is the dominion, how could Venice be most serene?

The sea can be tempestuous, for she can turn at will against anyone who dares to ride the waves. Not quite Poseidon or his son Percy Jackson (heheh all made up recently). Though it gives a sense of what the Venetians were up against in order to hold their dominion together. For being the most serene republic actually meant sovereign independence.

You must remember that in those days, nobility held sway. To remain aloof from subservience to the the nobility held territories, republics such as Venice had to maintain sufficient power to stay ‘serene’, ie not being harrassed or accosted to become part of a noble dominion. How they did that and became an empire on their own is an intriguing story in itself. But today we are not delving into history.

Instead we want to share with you our take on Venice and the beautiful lagoon that is the city (here). For her highways are not roads but lanes of water. And her foundations most vulnerable these days. She is so visited that she is sinking, some say drowning. Not from the waters (yet) but from the feet of many a visitor.

Have you been to Venice? Would you not like it to be preserved? How?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

18 thoughts on “Is Venice most serene?”

  1. Venice is really beautiful. I enjoyed walking along the street or taking the water bus. But there were too many people in the city especially at popular places like the St Marco square or Ponte Vecchio. Probably having crowd control is one of the ways to preserve the city? But I think this is hard to implement.

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    1. Yes, and cities like Barcelona tried something like that… did you know Venice once banned cruise ships from passing through? This ban was rescinded quickly though… cost too much to the loss of tourism dollars!

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  2. When we visited Venice, walkways had been created to allow people to keep out of the rising water. My favorite part of the city was getting lost in the back streets and just wandering randomly. That was close to magic! –Curt

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  3. Yes I have been to Venice once and will go back before it is too late. I was there in September 2012 and enjoyed it very much. No cars..just pedestrians. And I mus say I walk everywhere ( except the vaporetto to Burano and Murano). It can be busy but if you leave the main piazza , there is so much to see and less tourists.

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