We forget that for most of its history until 1797, the city of Venice was the capital of an independent state, the Venetian Republic, which had a lot of territory in north-eastern Italy and at its height stretched all the way to Greece. Many of the cities of north-eastern Italy were part of the Republic and this shows in their architecture, particularly in the presence of the lion of San Marco as in Venice. These cities include, Verona, Treviso, Vicenza, and Padua and the three Italian regions of Veneto, Trentino-Alto-Adige, and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, today known as the Triveneto (the three Venetos).