Venice was the first city to suffer aerial bombardment, when Austrian forces launched balloons loaded with bombs against the republic in 1849. An important Italian naval base during World War One,
Venice was raided more than 40 times by Austro-Hungarian pilots based at Pula. A resident wrote of the black-out during the air raids, "Venice is like a lovely prima donna in deep mourning. All the gilded angels wear sack-cloth painted dirty grey. Anything that shines is covered. At night all is as black as in the dark ages." Venice, Italy. 2014/06.
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