Venice is an Italian city sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Check out these amazing vintage photos of 19th century Venice. These 170-year-old images reveal what life was like in the world’s most famous canal city before it was mobbed by hordes of gondola-riding tourists.
Pictures 1-31 has been taken by Italian photographer, Carlo Naya. Pictures 32-39 has been taken by English art critic, John Ruskin.
1. Venetian canal.
3. View of the Biblioteca Marciana, Campanile St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Panorama taken from the Island of St. George and a gondola.
4. Courtyard of the Ducal Palace.
5. Grand Canal.
8. A group of women.
9. Courtyard of the Abbey of San Gregorio, 1870.
10. Courtyard of Doge’s Palace, 1880.
11. The Doge’s Palace.
12. Palace of Ca’ Loredan.
13. Ca’ Foscari (palazzo Faskeri), Palazzo Giustinian and Ca’ Rezzonico.
14. Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore.
15. St. Mark’s Campanile, 1875.
16. The Giants Staircase of the Doges Palace, 1875.
17. The Rialto Bridge, 1875.
18. The Bridge of Sighs.
19. Beggars, 1870.
20. Panorama of Venice.