Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice


The beautiful city of Venice is surrounded by water and is located in northern Italy. It is commonly known as the city of lovers, the city of water or the city of bridges that spreads over 118 Islands. Venice is very famous throughout the world because of its numerous canals.

150 canals

Canals of VeniceThe city has a total of 150 canals and the most important canal in Venice is called the Grand Canal. It is responsible for managing the traffic in water by corridor management. Rather than visiting areas of Venice by car, it is very common to find water buses and water taxis that are used for transportation. This ancient waterway measures 3,800 meters (2.36 miles) long and ranges from 30 to 90 meters (about 100-300 feet) wide. In most places, the canal is approximately 5 meters (16 feet) deep. The canal is an ancient waterway, lined with buildings – about 170 in all – that were mostly built from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Most were constructed by wealthy Venetian families.

During the day time, the city is very crowded with visitors all across the world trying to experience what the city has to offer. Narrow yet beautiful canals, bridges and streets give a very different feel than many other places.

No motor boats

Motor boats are not allowed to travel in small canals that are narrow. The city has almost 400 bridges and the Grand Canal cuts the city equally into two proportionate halves from the north to the south. The total length of the Grand Canal is three kilometers.

Despite the continued threat to the condition of Venice’s canals, they remain one of the most distinctive and compelling architectural features in the world. The canals of Venice are one of Europe’s top tourist attractions.

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