By the late thirteenth century, Venice (Italy) was the most prosperous city in all of Europe. About 36,000 sailors operated more than 3,000 ships dominating the trade throughout the Mediaranean Sea and far beyond. Marco Polo was Venetian and also the master of the art of love Giacomo Girolamo Casanova called Venice his home. In the 1950s about 164,000 people did the same. Today, there are less than 60,000 Venetians left.
That’s almost the number of tourists invading the islands every single day. More than 20 million tourists are said to have visited Venice last year, making “the most romantic city in the world” also one of the biggest attractions in Europe. But in rare moments like the one captured above you could drink your espresso sitting in the morning sun and being all on your own – even on Piazza di San Marco.