Our common past
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Guidebooks to countries
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UPDATE: Between March 9 and 31, our crowdfunding campaign raised over € 25k! Now we are working on our first guidebook to the Republic of Venice. You can still pre-order it here

Extinguished Countries is the first guidebook series about countries that no longer exist. We don’t follow today’s borders but take you on a journey through time and space to lost kingdoms, republics and empires, looking for what unites us rather than divides us.

Our first guidebook about the Republic of Venice is available here

You can also get a free PDF extract of the book today directly in your e-mail.

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First book: the Republic of Venice

Our first guidebook tells the story of the Republic of Venice, la Serenissima, a 1000-year old state that disappeared in 1797. It is a story of maritime routes, spice trade and naval battles. A journey that takes you to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus, that were once all part of the mighty Serenissima. We will travel through these seven states, visit lighthouses, castles, islands and sumptuous palaces and introduce you to some of the greatest figures of the time, such as Marco Polo, Galileo Galilei or Casanova. Modern craftsmen, historians and artists will lead our way in this journey.
This book is the result of more than 400 interviews with locals. They tell us the story of their cities and regions, and share with us recipes, legends and traditions. We have also turned research into timelines, infographics, maps and itineraries that will guide you through these many stories. You’ll be walking on today’s streets, but at the same time exploring a different reality. 
Are you ready to discover the Mediterranean in a new way?
Then jump on board, we’re sailing back to the Republic of Venice!


Move on foot, by boat or on a horse - we've got you covered. The book features dozens of maps and itineraries that will guide you to the places overlooked by the mainstream guides, and yet full of exciting stories (couple of ghost towns also included!)


This guide is the result of hundreds of interviews with historians, linguists, chefs... You'll get their best stories and insights as well as extra book, movie and travel tips. We'll share some of those via our newsletter - so make sure you sign up (it’s free)!


Don’t worry, this guide is not a history book. So, you're not in for a long, dull read full of battle dates and unpronounceable treaties. Instead, colored infographics will help you move through time and space, guiding you to find the best location for a dive in the Adriatic sea and the juiciest platter of scampi around.


In 250 pages, you will find all the information you need to travel through 7 countries, more than 40 cities and over 10 centuries of history. Its pocket format makes it a convenient read not only during your travel preparations but also throughout your journey.


We have selected some of our best guidebook stories and turned them into podcast episodes. It is currently being broadcasted around Europe in English, French and Italian, but we also made some of the episodes available on this website in English!

With every episode, you'll discover new places, legends and traditions from different areas of the former Venetian republic. Where does the word “ghetto” come from? Where was Marco Polo really born? And who are the pirates still roaming the Adriatic sea?

Find out in our podcast! 

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