Last Updated: 9th Mar 2014

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="venice" alt="venice" /></p> <p>The most romantic of all the Italian cities, today it is one of the most visited regions of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a>, and for good reason.</p> <p>For centuries the very nature of Venice Has inspired poets, writers and artists, has been the staging ground for explorers, and more recently, has featured in almost too many movies to count (The Italian Job, Casanova, Casino Royale, to name but a few) The fame, aura, mystique and simply unique status and reputation the city enjoys has also inspired a multi-billion dollar casino in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/las-vegas">Las Vegas</a> but no amount of money can even come close to capturing the magic of &#8216;the sinking city&#8217;.</p> <p>The soft, marshy ground that Venice is built on today was established in the 9th century by a tribe after whom the city is names who moved from the mainland to the soft, marshy land that the main island of Venice is now built upon. They quickly built a vast, rich and powerful empire spanning the Adriatic even as far as the southern regions of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/greece">Greece</a>, where you can still see the remnants of old Venetian fortresses.</p> <p>The weight of the city on the soft ground combined with its age and the constant attack of high tides and shipping have cause the city to sink into the ocean. The frequency of floods has increased steadily this century to the point where major steps are being taken to try and alleviate the problem. The main square however still floods over 200 times a year and Venice is still sinking…….</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/canals-and-bridges-venice">Canals and Bridges</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/articles/st-marks-square-and-basilica-venice">St. Marks Square and Basilica</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/gondolas-venice">Gondolas</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/shopping-venice">Shopping</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/art-and-culture-venice">Art and Culture</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/other-islands-venice">Other Islands</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/events-venice">Events</a></li> </ul>