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Cruise In the Mediterranean. Venice. P.1.

Capi4ca • 5 minutes read • May 17th, 2016


stands on the islands. Piles are driven along the perimeter of the island, then piles are driven inside the island, in a spiral form, for houses. Piles petrify in the salt water. The walls of the houses are placed on these piles, so the walls are not always smooth.
Some streets were very, very narrow:
At first glance, the city didn't seem green; there were some plants on the walls, but this wasn't true. Residents of the city tried to make it green, even in places where it seemed impossible to plant anything. 
I can't say that there were a lot of landmarks in Venice because all of Venice is a landmark. Like a kind of museum.
But people also need to live in this city.
An example of this kind of co-existence is the church below. It is a hospital and a maternity ward.
The whole city is divided into 6 districts. The houses are numbered based on the district they are in, so the address of each house is not associated with the name of the street. Take a look at these numbers, they only have four-digits! Would you like to live in apartment number 6086?
There were also some prettier bell buttons:
And some modern ones:
We went on a guided tour through Venice, a pedestrian city. There were no cars at all.  
The main square of the city is Piazza San Marco. But there are so many tourists! It was impossible to take pictures.
The square was flooded with water. Venice is gradually disappearing under the water. This is a sore subject for the city residents. During high tide, the whole square floods.  
This is the 

Piazza San Marco.

 On the right, you can see a part of the bell tower.
So we climbed this bell tower, but we used the elevator therefore, there was no real merit in it! :)  
This bell tower collapsed in 1902, but it was restored in the original place 10 years later.  
Here is a view of the square from the top:
Here are some views from the bell tower.
The streets were so narrow that, from the top, it seemed that there were only roofs.  
A little bit closer:
There were a lot of seagulls. They always got in the frame.
A little bit closer.
After admiring the views, we descended from the tower and went for a walk around the city.

All transport in Venice was via water. It was so strange! The speed in narrow canals was no more than 4 mph (7 km/h), otherwise the waves would sweep through the windows of houses. The first floor was actually the ground floor, so people did not live there.
The streets were connected by bridges over the canals. You can walk by foot if you suffer from the seasickness!
The bridges were all different:
Tourists, of course, took trips on the gondolas.
This gondola was waiting for tourists:
And the locals, for example, had access to the streets via these mini-bridges, with the boat "parked" next to it.
The canals were all different. There were narrow ones:
There were wider ones:
And this is the biggest canal:
And the most famous bridge over it, the 

Rialto Bridge

. It was always full of tourists. I wondered if there were any places without tourists?

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