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  1. 1. As seen through the eyes of Diego Ravalico.
  2. 2. Diego Ravalico ……. Born in Trieste (Italy) 9 Dec., 1959 . In his early years, Diego was highly influenced by his auntie, a professional painter. His love for photography started in his teenage years. In 1987 he had his first publication on a national level. Diego mastered his knowledge & technique of photography by attending a relative’s photographic laboratory. Here he learned the tricks of the trade. It was his second wife Marina (with him in the photo) who gave him the final push in transforming his hobby into a fulltime job. In early 2009 he was invited to display his work at the Galerie Bortone in Paris. His artistic photos of Venice turned out to be a tremendous success. Meanwhile Diego had other works displayed at the Sala Comunale d'arte di Trieste. Ravalico played soccer for many years, he loves music (especially 80's) and nature. Diego thinks that photography is a poetical way to capture the life. It is his best love, after his family....   Other Services   Fine art prints for hotels, professional Studies, houses, artistic portraits...
  3. 3. Venice,  is a city in Northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the Capital of the region Veneto, with a population of over 271,000. The name is derived from the ancient tribe of  Veneti that inhabited the region in Roman times. The city historically was the capital of an independent City State. 
  4. 4. It has been described as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities. The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in Northeast Italy. 
  5. 5. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the rivers Po (in the south) and the Piave (in the north) .  The Republic Of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century.
  6. 6. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance Period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of  Antonio Vivaldi.
  7. 7. While there are no historical records, tradition and the available evidence have led several historians to agree that the original population of Venice consisted of refugees from Roman cities such as Padua, Aquileia, Altino, Concordia and from the undefended countryside, who were fleeing successive waves of Germanic invasions and Huns.
  8. 8.   Some late Roman sources reveal the existence of fishermen on the islands in the original marshy lagoons. They were referred to as  incolae lacunae  ("lagoon dwellers"). The traditional founding is identified with the dedication of the first church, that of San Jacopo at the islot of Rialto (Rivoalto, "High Shore"), given a conventional date of 421.
  9. 9.   New ports were built, including those at Malamocco and Torcello in the Venetian lagoon. The  tribuni maiores , the earliest central standing governing committee of the islands in the Lagoon, dated from c. 568.
  10. 10.   Sometime in the first decades of the eighth century, the people of the lagoon elected their first leader Ursus, who was confirmed by Byzantium and given the titles of  hypatus and dux . He was the first historical Doge of Venice. In 775-76, the bishopric seat of Olivolo (Helipolis) was created. Around 811-827 the ducal seat was moved from Malamocco to the highly protected Rialto, the current location of Venice. 
  11. 11.   The monastery of St. Zachary and the first ducal palace and Basilica of St. Mark, as well as a walled defense (civitatis murus) between Olivolo and Rialto were subsequently built here. In 810, an agreement between Charlemagne and Nicephorus recognized Venice as Byzantine territory….. Winged lions which may be seen in Venice are a symbol for St. Mark.
  12. 12.   In 828, the new city's prestige was raised by the acquisition of the claimed relics of St Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria, which were placed in the new basilica.  From the ninth to the twelfth century Venice developed into a City State (Repubblica Marinara), the other three being Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi. Its strategic position at the head of the Adriatic made Venetian naval and commercial power almost invulnerable.
  13. 13.   After 1,070 years, the Republic lost independence when Napoleon Bonaparte on 12 May 1797, conquered Venice during the First Coalition. The French conqueror brought to an end the most fascinating century of its history: during the Settecento (18th century) Venice became perhaps the most elegant and refined city in Europe, greatly influencing art, architecture and literature. Today, Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.
  14. 14.   There are numerous attractions in Venice, such as St Mark Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco, to name a few. The Lido di Venezia is also a popular international luxury destination, attracting thousands of actors, critics, celebrities and mainly people in the cinematic industry. The city is a particularly popular setting for several novels, essays, and other works of fictional or non-fictional literature, numerous films and music videos and ornate glass-work known as Venetian Glass…. not forgetting the Carnival Of Venice.