Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Venice, Italy

Venice consists of 118 islands, located in the middle of a lagoon in the northwest end of the Adriatic Sea. From the rivers flowing into the sea, released large amounts of silt in the shallow water along the coast, and tidal and ocean current has led to the formation of a series of sand banks around the 51 km long and 14 km wide, serene lagoon.
The houses in Venice is built on wooden poles, and in many places, the buildings are no more than one meter above normal sea. The tide in the Mediterranean is weak, but especially at full moon there is a risk of flooding. there can be several centimeters of water at St. Mark's Square, so you put walking boards out. 

The unusual about the city is that it is very quiet. Pedestrians in the narrow streets are separated from traffic channels with few exceptions where the sidewalks goes along canals or streets going over the arched stone bridges.
Since the roads are water, are both the only motorized means of transport in the city.
Al transport by vaporetto motorboats or by gondola.
Below a short video from my Gondola ride at Canal grande and through the narrow canals:

The city has many places unusually picturesque. St. Mark's Square with the big church, the bell tower and the beautiful view out over the water, where the sun sparkles on the green lagoon, inspires many artists.
The city has many magnificent palaces, museums and churches which houses paintings by many famous artists. You can stroll around the narrow streets and observe the unusual surroundings. St. Mark's Square and the famous Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal - the city's main road - the many gondolas that still floats on water.
There are many shops in the city is known for - lace and embroidery from lagune¯en Burano and beautiful crystal and glassware from Murano.

Traghetto means "ferry" in Italian and are large gondolas without bow decoration, brocaded chairs.
They are rowed by two oarsmen: one who stands behind the passengers like a traditional gondolier, the other closer to the bow.


There are only three bridges along the the Grand Canal, therefore there are 7 locatons between the railroad station and St. Mark's Basin, where you can cross the canal in a Traghetto. They are used by locals as a fast route across canal. Locals pay 70 cents while tourists pay 2 EUR (2015)
The routes are marked on any good street map of Venice and you will see yellow signs pointing toward the traghetto landings when you are walking along the Canal Grande.
At the end of the video you will find a map with the 7 routes marked