Ruins of the ancient Roman city of Altinum have been discovered on the outskirts of Venice.
Satellite imaging has revealed a collection of ancient buildings and infrastructure including temples, theatres and streets.
Researchers at Padua and Venice universities are now formulating plans to excavate the ruins, which could soon be available for tourists to find.
Paolo Mozzi, researcher at the University of Padua”s geography department, explained that Altinum had been an important seafaring centre before it was overrun by Attila the Hun in the 5th century.
He continued: "The hypothesis is that as Altinum also succumbed to the Barbarian invasions, the inhabitants fled farther down to the lagoon to build Venice on the islands, using some of the stones."
Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival organisers have announced the next year”s event will take place a week later than usual beginning on September 2nd, in a bid to avoid the traditional holiday rush.
However, there is concern that the new dates for the Venice festival, the world”s oldest, will conflict with the Toronto Film Festival, which begins on September 4th.
Venice – Fall in love all over again on a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and lose yourself in the grand St Marks Square.