The Decline in the Population of Venice

Population counter, Farmacia Morelli, Venice
At the height of its power, in the first half of the 15th century, Venice, with a population close to 200,000, was one of the largest cities in the western world.

Rome's population, at that time, was no more than 40,000. Today the Eternal City is home to almost 3 million people, whereas la Serenissima has fewer than 60,000.

In the window of the Farmacia Morelli, in the Campo San Bortolomio, there is a counter which records the level of the city's population on a day-to-day basis. 
Population counter, Farmacia Morelli, Venice
The counter is part of an initiative run by www.venessia.com. Since the counter was set up on March 21st, 2008, the population of Venice has fallen by almost four thousand.