Venice Canals/Alleys

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They form an aquatic labyrinth you'll want to get lost in.
They are what Venice is most famous for -- apart from all the other historical sites, like Piazza San Marco. Either by vaporetto or by gondola, you can travel by water through the city following the snake-like "S"shape that the canals form. There are four major bridges under which you an ride: The Rialto, the Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte dell'Accademia and the most recent Calatrava Bridge. Our #36 is worth visiting, especially during the first Sunday of September when they celebrate the historical regatta or the "Regata Storica," a tradition that started in the 14th century.
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  • Venice, Italy is most famous for its unique means of travel through canals carved throughout the entire city (the only way to travel in Venice is by boat!). The main canal is the Grand Canal, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) long, in a winding S shape throughout the main districts of Venice. The rest of the city is connected by 400 foot bridges and 170 boat canals.
  • One of the most popular forms of travel through the canals is by Gondola; however, only 3 or 4 Gondolier licenses are distributed each year. There are only approximately 400 licensed Gondoliers currently in Venice.
  • Venice is sinking! The entire city has sunk approximately 7 cm a century for the past 1000 years, sinking over 24 cm just in the past century alone!
  • There is no sewer system in Venice; waste flows into the canals and washes out into the ocean with the tides. So while riding the Gondolas is definitely a recommended activity while visiting, swimming in the canals is certainly not!
  • One of the main reasons Venice is sinking is the bizarre way the city was built; the city was not actually built on the islets of the archipelago Venice resides on, but on wooden platforms secured by structures placed into the sea. The land on the islets wasnt strong enough to support the weight of buildings.

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