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Venice is world-famous for its canals, but walking around the backstreets is what Venice is really about. It is built on an archipelago of 122 islands formed by about 150 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by about 400 bridges. Transportation within the city remains, as it was in centuries past, entirely on water or on foot. In the old center, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot.

Interactive map of Venice

If you take a gondola tour, a musician and singer adds to the voyage!

gondola on canal