The city of Venice is made up of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piav Rivers. The city and the lagoon are listed as a World Heritage Site.
Many tourists arrive in gigantic tour ships towed through the shallows by tug boats
Gondalas are now mostly used for the tourist trade. We had an excellent look through many of the narrow canals and stopped to be serenaded and drink champagne to celebrate the occasion.
Only one Bridge is covered, the Bridge of Tears which leads to the court room where many a Ventian was sentence to death.
The local garbage boats are limited in their pickup schedule by the tides as are some of the “buses”. At high tide they cannot get under the low bridges and have wait for the water to drop.
There are many other islands in the lagoon that are not part of Venice because they are not linked by bridge to the original 118 Islands.
Traffic jam in the main canal.
Deliveries by boat. The only artificial Island in the lagoon is a huge car park and docking area where daily hundreds of semi trailers are unload onto delivery boats like this one.
Another boatload of workers head home.
A wave from a taxi driver for our Tour Director Barbara.