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Venice, Italy

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

We arrived in Venice during a pouring down rain storm after the train ride from Florence.

The Vaporetto is the water bus service in the city and was tricky to board even on a good day. The Grande Canal is one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.

For centuries the gondola was the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice.

It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century.

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grande Canal in Venice.

It is the oldest bridge across the canal. The present stone bridge, a single span

designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591.

We have eaten some incredible meals since we arrived in Italy, tonight we nourished our souls. Tonight we attended an Antonio Vivaldi concerto in a 932 year old church. The music, the atmosphere, like minded music lovers from around the world, definitely a magical experience.

Piazza San Marco often known in English as St Mark’s Square, is the principal public square of Venice, where it is generally known just as la Piazza.

All other urban spaces in the city are called campi.

Built on 117 islands with 450 bridges Venice was first settled by refugees fleeing successive waves of Germanic and Hun invasions.

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