Attempts to gain independence from Rome are peaceful but that may change if the will of the people is ignored.
Those Venetians pushing for independence want to create the Republic of Veneto which would hark back to the sovereign Venetian republic, Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, which existed for 1,000 years before Napoleon came on the scene. The region lost its independence in 1797.
Venice has many problems, notably increased flooding recently, but it is a hotspot for tourists and as such a valuable asset to Italy.
And to those in Italy and Brussels who dismiss the vote as illegal BBC News reports "Luca Zaia, governor of Veneto, the Venice region, rejected suggestions that the Italian constitution would prevent secession. International law, he told Il Quotidiano, allowed "the right to self-determination"."
Opinion: Media coverage of this referendum has almost been non-existent, probably due to growing unrest in many western nations and demands for secession away from costly bureaucrats. Spain, the UK and other countries are facing increasing breakaway demands, mostly as a result of costly governments that do not serve the whole of the country. Brussels and others may try to dismiss separatists in order to keep the doomed EU in place, but the writing is on the wall.
Latest from RT: "The results of the vote were announced Friday in the city of Treviso, where hundreds of pro-independence activists gathered for a demonstration, waving the flags of the old Venetian Republic."
What happens next? We will report as details become available.