Venice, the floating city
With canals in the place of streets, and boats instead of cars, Venice is the city of a thousand bridges, spectacular facades and breathtaking views offering a dreamlike vision. An open-air museum lined on both sides by an array of exquisite palazzos whose foundations are immersed in the waters of the Lagoon. Venice’s Grand Canal is unique among all other thoroughfares both in terms of its length, width and architectural heritage. Lined with ‘palazzi’ – many in elegant Venetian-Gothic style – this great road of water is protected, like the rest of the city, by UNESCO since 1987. The best way to appreciate the matchless beauty of this city built on water is to traverse its four kilometers, from the Ponte della Libertà to Punta della Dogana.
Above, the Grand Canal. Top right, the Sculpture Garden at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presenting works from the permanent collections as well as sculptures on temporary loan. Right, the Bridge of Sighs, one of the most romantic corners in Venice.