In this chapter we talk about the marvelous of the Venezia islands, capturing the more characteristic and intimate moments.
The Venetian Lagoon, surrounded by myths and superstitions, was once reserved for fishermen and hunters. Only from the 5th century AD the first inhabitants of the mainland settled there, forced to seek refuge elsewhere, following the arrival of the Goths. In addition to the Venezia islands, there are numerous sandbanks and thin strips of land called "lidi", (created by debris carried by rivers), and grassy and muddy islets, called emerged shoals, which currently represent the refuge of wild flowers and waterfowl.
Over the years, since the Greek-Etruscan era, this natural building dynamics has been managed by the man who has modified the lagoons by reclaiming them and making them fertile lands, preventing the natural covering and turning them into fishing valleys. In the course of history several hydraulic works have been carried out for drainage along with reclamation works and deviations of many waterways that turned out to be useful for agriculture and the safeguard of the territory.
Only in the thirteenth century were built the first "murazzi", stone walls that were designed to defend the beaches and preserve the lagoon, so much so that even today we continue experimenting with barriers to stop the tides and the continuous risks of flooding. The entire lagoon occupies an area of about 550 square kilometers, of which only 8% is occupied by land, a good 11% is composed of water, but most of the area, ie 80% is composed of tides of muddy tides and salt marshes.
This crazy territory was included in 1987 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among these northern islands of the lagoon there is so much to see and discover, such as: the island of Giudecca, the island of Murano, the island of Mazzorbo, the island of Torcello, the island of Burano and the corner mystic of the cemetery of San Michele.
We have divided the Venezia Islands into the following chapters:
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