Italy, A Virtual Travel Guide
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Begin your virtual visit to Venice here. Learn
a few Italian
expressions. No matter
many times you
have seen Venice in the movies,
and TV, seeing Venice live is unreal. View these walking tour
maps. Listen to and view the sights
and sounds of Venice.
Military travelers from Aviano
can rent an auto and drive to
Venice or take a train from Pordonne. Its about 50 miles. There are trains
to Trieste, Genoa,
Milan, and Turin,
as well as Rome and Florence. Other trains are available to Switzland
from Venice go to Athens and the Greek Islands.
Many of Venice's so-called
streets are actually 150 canals
(rios) spanned by a total of 400 bridges. The main street is the Grand
Canal (Canal Grande),snakes through the city like an inverted S and is
spanned by three bridges: the white marble Ponte Rialto(see web cam),
Ponte Accademia,and the stone Ponte degli Scalzi. View this live
web cam picture of the Grand Canal. The
splits Venice into two unequal parts.
South of Dorsoduro, which is south of the Grand Canal, is the Canele della Guidecca, a major channel separating Dorsoduro from the large island of La Guidecca. At the point where Canale della Guidecca meets the Canale di San Marco, you'll spot the little Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, with a church by Palladio. The most visited islands in the lagoon, aside from the Lido, are Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
A broad street running along a
canal is a fondamenta, a
narrower street running along a canal is a calle, and a paved road is a
salizzada, ruga, or calle larga. A rio terra is a filled canal channel
now used as a walkway, and a sottoportego a passage beneath buildings.
When you come to an open-air area, you'll often encounter the word
campo--that's a reference to the fact that such a place was once
grassy, and in days of yore cattle grazed there. See
a complete list of Venice Hotels and Attractions. Read these 156
reviews of Venice from visitors.