Venice, the float­ing city

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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.

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