Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Euro Travel in Venice, Italy

I guess it is time to travel Europe again. I am done with Paris, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich...what else folks? Let's just go back to Venice. I had been there twice but I still want to go back next time. Off topic; I am quite sad because Germany did not win against Spain. I can't do anything. Spain played better, so congratulations! Viva Espania!

Back to the main topic;
This is the Grand Canal or Canal Grande in Venice, Italy. It is considered to be one of the most water-traffic corridors in Venice. Water buses and private water taxis are the forms of public transportation here. Most tourists explore the canal through gondola.

At one end the canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin: in between it makes a large S-shape through the central districts (sestieri) of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30-90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters (16.5ft).
The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos: this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Centuries-old traditions such as the Historical Regatta are perpetuated every year along the Canal.


Andre said...

This was one of the trips I missed! I think I will travel to Venice, Italy once I go back to Germany for good in about 2 years.


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