Ve·ne·ti·a (və-nēshē-ə, -shə)
A historical region of northeast Italy between the Po River and the Alps. Named after the Veneti, a people who settled the area c. 1000 BC, it was joined with Istria by Augustus to form a separate province. The area was devastated by the Huns in the 5th century, but its towns later became powerful city-states, with Venice becoming dominant by the 15th century. It passed to Austria in 1797 and to Italy in 1866.
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