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THE BRIDGES
OF VENICE

Venice is a city rich in ... bridges! There are 417 in all, 72 of which are privately owned. The oldest bridges of origin were made of wood and without steps, to facilitate the passage of horses; there are still 57 of them, while most, 300, are built of stone.

CANAL
GRANDE

The French ambassador Philippe de Commynes, in the 15th century, called the Grand Canal "The most beautiful street in the world." This canal winds sinuously, forming an S around which the city of Venice develops. A total of 4 bridges cross it: the Scalzi Bridge, the famous Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge, and the more recent Constitution Bridge.

BASILICA
S.MARCO

St. Mark's Basilica, whose construction began in 1063, was elected a basilica only in 1807. Inside, after the first arches, a white porphyry lozenge set in red marble can be seen; this indicates the exact spot where Frederick Barbarossa knelt in 1177, at the conclusion of the war between the Holy Roman Empire and the Papacy.

PIAZZA
SAN MARCO

Piazza San Marco is the only square in Venice, the others are all campi or campielli. Looking towards the sea you can admire two very tall columns silhouetted towards the sky, the first column holds the marble statue of San Teodoro, the first patron saint of Venice, and the second column a statue of the lion of San Marco, which looks at the sea towards the possessions of the Serenissima.

GONDOLE

Gondolas are the symbolic boats of Venice, their construction takes place in the traditional "squeri", shipyards in which Venetian craftsmen worked. As with any quality product, even in the manufacture of gondolas the choice of raw material is a fundamental step, since 8 different types of wood are also needed. The classic rostrum also has a precise symbolic meaning: the upper curve indicates the doge's hat, the arch the Rialto bridge and the six prongs the different districts of the city, finally, the last prong represents the Giudecca.

PALAZZO
DUCALE

The Palazzo Ducale, also known as the Doge's Palace, is one of the symbolic buildings of Venice. Observing its white columns, it can be seen that the ninth and tenth are actually made of red marble from Verona, but legend says that their color is linked to the blood of those sentenced to death, who were announced and executed right there.

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