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The northern lagoon of Venice

Roman Empire, a deep imprint in the northern lagoon of Venice. Some weeks ago, we received an invitation for 2 days educational in the northern area of the Venetian lagoon. In the detail, CISET, the International Centre for Studies on Tourism Economics of Venice Ca’ Foscari University realize the research objectives and the action plans. And the person in charge of the project representation was Ms Sabrina Meneghello that made an excellent job.

The history of the Veneti civilization

Hence now let’s see what we are talking about. As a result, on the website of “Sightseeing in Italy“, I describe the Veneto region writing about the Veneti civilizations. In the detail, they were the inhabitants of the northeastern part of Italy. For sure centuries before the domination of the Roman Empire. And there is also a description of the roads and the centuriation system that the Romans built in this area.

The Roman Empire roads

However, this Educational starts from this period of our History. Hence talking about an important Roman site that a road known as the “Via Annia” crossed, and the site is ALTINO. Also another important Roman road reached this town. We talk about the “Via Claudia Augusta” that connected this part of the region with Germany. As a result, Via Annia from Est to West and Via Claudia Augusta from here to North were the two main roads of Altino. Well, a town that became one of the most important trade centers in the region. In conclusion, thanks to this site, we can understand the process from the Roman Empire to the birth of Venice.

The town of Altino, from the Roman Empire to the birth of Venice

Like today, the town was in front of the lagoon, crossed by important rivers and canals. And also, Altino was not far from the Adriatic sea. During the VIth and VIIth centuries, the inhabitants of Altino start to move. Most of all, due to the climate and the environment reasons. As a result, they reach the islands located in the middle of the lagoon. And Torcello is the first island inhabited. But the colonization of other islands will continue, to create a new social life. In conclusion, thanks to this event, we can start to talk about how the future Venice will be founded.

Altino during the Roman Empire

During the Roman Empire, Altino was an important commercial center, with theaters, the forum, and the Domus. In fact, the town was provided with public buildings planned in the common urban models. Hence, along the lagoon coast, they erected important villas… Unfortunately, today nothing is left, because nature covered the whole period. But there is an interesting archaeologic museum that retraces all the events.


The town that presents this educational is Quarto d’Altino, the perfect solution for the traveler where to stay. In fact, this town offers lots of facilities, starting with the “Altinum Welcome Card“. As follow, you will be surprised by how easily you can move in the area discovering treasures that you don’t expect. This is the real way to reach Venice, a system used for centuries that now we can discover thanks to the investments done by this municipality. In particular, by its mayor Ms Silvia Conte and all the structures that believe in this project.

Just enter in Venice by its natural way: the Water. And do it slowly where your soul mingles with nature, trust me.

Daniel Tesfamikael project manager Sightseeing in Italy, day excursion, art cities, outdoor activities, professional driverBy Daniel Tesfamikael

I’m the content Manager of Sightseeing in Italy. In addition to the blog posts, I manage all the articles of the website. As well as all the social media giving tips and solutions for travelers that are going to visit Italy. This is a country full of charm, able to satisfy all kind of needs. just make your choice…