Founded in the 5th century, according to a tradition, and spread over 118 small islands, Venice is known as the “city on water”: over half of the 415 km2 of the Municipality’s area comprises its Lagoon, while the historical centre – the “fish” as it is widely known – is only 8 km2 wide.

Venice the City

Venice and its Lagoon

Venice’s Lagoon is one of the oldest examples of the complex relationship between man and nature, and its stunning landscape includes great treasures of art and architecture.

UNESCO included Venice in 1987 on its list of World Heritage sites. The UNESCO World Heritage property comprises the city of Venice and its lagoon situated in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy and it has been defined as "an extraordinary architectural masterpiece".

The UN, for its part, nominated Venice in 2011 as a “model city for resilience in the preservation of cultural heritage”.

In recent years, there has been an increase of awareness campaigns promoting the use of green materials and methodologies in the field of cultural heritage restoration and conservation. Hence, the choice of Venice, this extraordinary but delicate architectural masterpiece between land and sea, as Host city for the Summer School.

The Municipality of Venice has just under 300,000 inhabitants: 60,000 live in the historical centre’s “fish” and another 30,000 or so live on the outlying islands of the Lagoon.

Venice is a tourist city. Visitors at present are about 20 million every year, with about ten million overnights spent in its many hotels and B&Bs.