Lombard invasion, 568, like the Hun
invasion of little more than 100 years earlier, sent an influx of
refugees streaming to the islands of the Venetian lagoon for sanctuary.
Unlike the Huns,
however, the Lombards had come to stay, establishing an Italian kingdom
based in Pavia in north central Italy. As a result, with their mainland
settlements permanently occupied by the invaders, more of the refugees
elected to stay as permanent residents of the lagoon.