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Day Five: Venice

August 5, 2006

All right, in today’s hustle-bustle world, a lagoon sounds like a crazy place to build a city, but 1,500 years ago, with invading barbarians nipping at your heels, the automobile was probably the furthest thing from your mind.

(photo: Jennifer Dickert)

Venice, Italy, is often called the most beautiful city in the world, and it owes it all to that salty, swampy Laguna Véneta (Venetian Lagoon). With an average depth of about three feet, the lagoon served as a natural barrier to invading armies (too deep) or navies (too shallow). And, of course, without the lagoon, Venice would not have its trademark canals, 150 of which crisscross the city like a maze.

The city itself is built on 116 small islands which are joined by over 400 bridges. Of course, all traffic is by foot or boat. Cars — that iconic symbol of our modern age — are banned.

“Yeah, but what I really want to know is if Venice is sinking,” says Orange Bear.

“It’s only sinking in the summer when all the tourists are there,” replies Mr. Crumpet.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2006 8:58 pm

    I was in Venice recently for the first time and I fell in love with it. I was there in July and even though it was hot and we experienced the crush of high tourist season, it took my breath away.

  2. A Feline Ally permalink
    August 7, 2006 8:53 pm

    Crowd Pleaser Numero Uno…

  3. August 14, 2006 4:08 pm

    Must be something else to be in Venice when it snows….Some great pictures at VeniceBlog.

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