Throughout its near 1,500 year history, Venice has been at times the primary center of commerce between Europe and Asia, a feared sea power, a leading center of Renaissance art, and one of the most beautiful and unusual cities in the world; unfortunately, it is standing today only as a mere fading tourist attraction. Hardly a trace of its brilliant heritage is left behind as the true Venetians rapidly migrate to a more feasible home. Modern historians claim that Venice is a dying city, â€œa victim of global warming and increasing pollution, literally sinking into the sea under the weight of its tourists while ordinary citizens can barely afford to liveâ€ (Barbaro overleaf). It is the beauty and originality which once brought Venice greatness in commerce, in art and at sea that is becoming obsolete in todayâ€™s modern economy.
Years of glory rest upon Venice as an historically rich mercantile city-state. The city was originally founded as a province of the Roman Empire in the 6th century as a refuge for those fleeing invasions from the Lombards (an ancient Germanic people who barbarically invaded the north of