Altino, the first Venice

Nov 24, 2021 187

BY: Francesca Bezzone

This year, La Serenissima turned 1600, and she carries her age well. According to tradition and historical sources, Venice was founded in 421 AD: it’s the Chronicon Altinate,  a chronicle dating from the 11th century, that tells us. Of course, as it is easy to imagine, it didn’t all happen in a day.

Just like Rome wasn’t built in 24 hours, neither was Venice, and plenty of light still needs to be shed on the vicissitudes and events that brought to the birth of the city. However, historians agree that the urban nucleus we can consider Venice’s forefather still exists, and it’s called Altino.

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