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Old September 21st, 2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Venice

I was casting through some pics earlier and found a load that I took of Venice in May last year. I have been meaning for some time to put up some of the better pics that I have taken on various travels. I'll try when I have time to do threads on other places.

Hope you enjoy them!

VENICE

Venice really doesn't need an introduction. Unique in the world and under serious physical threat now. Amazingly this tiny island was once the centre of an enormous maritime empire that lasted for centuries under the rule of the venetian doge. Now more a museum piece than a living working city it is still remarkably beautiful and tucked away in its heart traditional venetian life does still continue just about under the tide of tourists that flock to the place every year.


Starting with the Grand canal. It is the main waterway accross the island. Like most canals it has no walkways alongside it so the only way to experience it fully is from a boat or from one of the four bridges that cross it. It is lined by the grand palaces built by the merchants to display their wealth and success.

The boat in the third picture is a vaporetto (meaning 'little steamer' in reference to the days they were steam powered). They are the main system of public transport around the city.

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A few pictures of the smaller canals that cover the whole city

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Once a form a transport for ordinary venetians the gondoliers still work but now almost solely for the experience of tourists.

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The Rialto. For centuries this has been the commercial heart of the city. The bridge was built in 1591 after it's wooden predecessor burned down. From either end a labyrinth of alleyways and squares lead off. this was where east met west to trade goods and even today the area retains an atmosphere similar to that of an Arabian souk.

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3 other bridges cross the grand canal. The first two pictures show the wooden Accademia bridge. This is supposedly a temporary bridge with a permanent stone one under discussion. Originally built in 1933 this is a replica built in 1985 after the original became too dangerous. The next is the Scalzi bridge built in 1933. This is my personal favourite. It seems to defy gravity. The last is the newest bridge added by caltrava in 2008. The less said about it the better.

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With only 4 bridges to cross the grand canal it can be quite a walk through the labyrinth of alleyways to get accross if you are not near a bridge. the Traghetto offer an alternative. Basically a giant gondola that crosses back and forth accross the river for around 50p. There are limited seats so if you are not first on you have to balance standing up on the way accross. There are five of these along the length of the grand canal.

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The cruise ships are ever present. Huge moving city blocks dwarfing the ancient buildings around them.

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St Marks square remains the heart of the city. walking into it is quite an experience. It feels vast after all the tighly packed alleys and canals that typify the rest of the city.

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Towering over the square is the Camponille. The original collapsed (remarkably without any fatalities other than a cat). What stands today is a replica built in 1912. Tourists can climb to the top to get panoramic views of the city (the shot of the quare and the cruise ship were taken from here).

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Santa Maria della Salute. Completed in 1687 to honour the third of the population wiped out by the plague in 1630 and 1631.

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And to finish off a few pictures of general interest that I took as we explored :

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Old September 21st, 2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Really very nice and great photos from Venice
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