Venice

queen of the adriatic

Venice is as surreal as they come. The city is a complex network of over 100 small islands dominated by Renaissance-era development, divided by dozens of major and minor canals, and connected by more than 400 foot bridges. No cars, no car horns, no scooters or motorcycles - just boats and all kinds of boats: classic gondolas, handy traghettos, bulky vaporettos, gorgeous wooden runabouts, functional topettas, adventurous kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and modern motor boats.

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Minus aquatic transportation, the bulk of Venice is entirely walkable. Not in an intuitive, straightforward way mind you, but in a you're-golden-if-you-like-mazes kind of way. Once you have seen and done the must-sees and must-do's on your list, allow yourself to just get lost in the back alleys of Venice. Wander in and out the different Venetian neighborhoods. You'll see more of the city as its been for hundreds of years, happen upon bars and restaurants that the locals prefer, and experience a more authentic Venice.

 

As busy as the obvious tourist areas can get, it is also terribly easy to drift off center and enjoy an uncluttered, unbranded and unexpected Venice.

Life on the Grand Canal Venice

Life on the Grand Canal Venice

Classic Venetian Wood Runabout Boat

Classic Venetian Wood Runabout Boat

Venice St. Mark Square Artwork

Venice St. Mark Square Artwork

Early Evening Venetian Grand Canal

Early Evening Venetian Grand Canal

St Mark's Basilica Interior Venice

St Mark's Basilica Interior Venice

Gondolas below Rialto Bridge Venice

Gondolas below Rialto Bridge Venice

Night on Santa Maria della Salute

Night on Santa Maria della Salute

Rialto Bridge over Grand Canal

Rialto Bridge over Grand Canal

Helping Hands of Venice Grand Canal

Helping Hands of Venice Grand Canal

Venice Grand Canal Palaces

Venice Grand Canal Palaces

St. Mark's Square Colonnade

St. Mark's Square Colonnade

Doge's Palace from the Lagoon

Doge's Palace from the Lagoon

St Mark's Clocktower Bronzes

St Mark's Clocktower Bronzes

Over Venice's Grand Canal

Over Venice's Grand Canal

Crowd in St. Mark's Square Venice

Crowd in St. Mark's Square Venice

Rialto Bridge Twilight

Rialto Bridge Twilight

Gondola Sign Venice Italy

Gondola Sign Venice Italy

Evening in Cannaregio Venice

Evening in Cannaregio Venice

Villa Barbarigo Grand Canal Mosaic

Villa Barbarigo Grand Canal Mosaic

Lagoon Boats off St. Mark's Square

Lagoon Boats off St. Mark's Square

Piazza San Marco Venice Italy

Piazza San Marco Venice Italy

Venice's Grand Canal Waterway

Venice's Grand Canal Waterway

Venice Seabird

Venice Seabird

Gondola Bows Venice

Gondola Bows Venice

St Theodore Vanquishing Alligator

St Theodore Vanquishing Alligator

Venetian Grand Canal Twilight

Venetian Grand Canal Twilight

Doge's Palace San Marco Piazza

Doge's Palace San Marco Piazza

Entrance to Venice's Grand Canal

Entrance to Venice's Grand Canal

Ancient Venetian Artwork

Ancient Venetian Artwork

Venetian Life

Venetian Life

San Marco Campanile Gate Bronzes

San Marco Campanile Gate Bronzes

Evening in Venice

Evening in Venice

St Mark's Winged Lion Venice

St Mark's Winged Lion Venice

Night Falls on Venice Grand Canal

Night Falls on Venice Grand Canal

The Four Tetrarch's Venice

The Four Tetrarch's Venice

Gondola Garage

Gondola Garage

Venetian Gondola

Venetian Gondola

Venetian Canal Footbridge

Venetian Canal Footbridge

Morning in Cannaregio Venice

Morning in Cannaregio Venice

Venetian Street Scene

Venetian Street Scene

Venice by Boat

Venice by Boat

Dawn on San Giorgio Maggiore Venice

Dawn on San Giorgio Maggiore Venice

Grand Canal Scene

Grand Canal Scene

Ponte de Chiodo Venice

Ponte de Chiodo Venice

Venice Lion Overlooking Grand Canal

Venice Lion Overlooking Grand Canal

Looking Down the Grand Canal

Looking Down the Grand Canal

Balcony over the Grand Canal

Balcony over the Grand Canal

Grand Canal View

Grand Canal View

Venetian Grand Canal Perspective

Venetian Grand Canal Perspective

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