Canals and Bridges - Venice

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/mattyvcontiki/Rialto_venice_2.jpg" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <p>For hundreds of years, travelers throughout <a href="/contikipedia/articles/europe">Europe</a> have been drawn to <a href="/contikipedia/articles/venice">Venice</a> by the beauty and romance that is created by the unique nature of this Northern Italian city.</p> <p>The waterways are the lifeblood of the city and the most well known canal in Venice is the Grand Canal – known by the locals as &#8216;the most beautiful street in the world&#8217;. The Canal is the main thoroughfare of the city is spanned by two of the most famous bridges in the city: The Accademia and the Rialto.</p> <p>Arguably the most famous however is the Bridge of Sighs, this small white covered bridge links the Doges Palace (just on the edge of <a href="/articles/st-marks-square-and-basilica-venice">St Marks Square</a>) to the prison. If you visit the palaces your entry fee also covers walking across the famed bridge.</p> <p>Busy and crowed during summer days it&#8217;s best to get off the beaten tract and explore the narrow alleyways that make up the streets in this maze of canals and bridges.</p>