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VENICE-GONDOLA TRAFFIC This is the Grand Canal in Venice, it forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. The canal is 2.4 miles long, 98 to 295 feet wide and 16 feet deep. The canal is a shaped like a backwards S, one end empties in a lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end empties into a basin in San Marco. Until the 19th century there was only one bridge that crossed the canal, the famous Rialto Bridge. Today there are three others, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte dell'Accademia, and the Ponte della Costituzione. Since automobiles are banned in Venice, the the canal carries the bulk of the transportation. Today these waterways are crowded more with motor boats than with with gondolas, which are a favorite with most of the tourist. In the morning you will see barges along the canal delivering goods to the local merchants and restaurants. The Grand Canal is lined on either side by palaces, churches, hotels, and other public buildings in Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles, representing the historic transformation of Venice. There has been a great effort to preserve some ot the more famous buildings along the canal.
Before we traveled to Italy we heard a lot about Venice, it was dirty, it smelled, there was garbage floating in the canal. Because of this and really not being sure what we were facing we only stayed two nights, much to our regret. Venice is none of the above. Venice is beautiful, clean and we noticed no foul odors. We did not do an Gondola tour, way to expensive. We took the ferry which was more affordable. One day we took a boat ride to Murano, where the famous Murano blown glass is made and from there we went to Burano, a quaint fishing town with interesting shops and a lovely sunset. Definitely on our list for a return visit.
July 4th, 2020
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