It always irritates me how much attention Venice gets. Sure, it’s a fascinating city with an intriguing past and an influence beyond what its humble origins would suggest, but it’s not necessarily the only option when it comes to an urban port setting. Even if it is admittedly the obvious first choice of many, the Serenissima does not appeal to me greatly.
Call it sour grapes if you like, but I think that the other Maritime Republics (Genoa, Pisa and to a lesser extent perhaps Amalfi, Getae and Lucca) deserve more of a mention and can provide equal, if not greater, potential for stories.
I particularly like Genoa as an alternative to Venice – its a theme I intend to expand upon more on in the weeks to come on this site and hopefully in published form.