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    Impression of Campo San Simeon Grande
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    Impressions of Fondamente de l'Anzolo
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    Ponte de Chiodo - The Bridge with no parapets

    by suvanki Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    CANNAREGIO

    This bridge is unusual, as it has no parapets.

    Originally Venices bridges were all designed like this, but as more and more of the citizens were falling off the bridges into the canals, railings and walls were added. Apparently 'Il Gazzatinno' - Venices daily paper used to print daily charts of the people who'd taken an acccidental dip the previous day.

    This, and the Devils Bridge on Torcello, are the only remaining examples of bridges without parapets in Venice.

    The bridge leads into a B&B 3749 Ponte Chiodo Which looks a nice place to stay

    Directions-
    Vaporetto Station -Ca'd' Oro.

    Probably best to check the hotels web site (click on link above) for detailed explanation of how to find the hotel, then the bridge should be nearby

    Ponte Chiodo Cannaregio Venice
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    Visit a SUPER glass artist...AMAZING glass bugs...

    by foggybottom Updated Dec 22, 2007

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    This is a must if you appreciate art.....Vittorio Constantini is an amazing glass artist who recreats nature in the smallest of detail.......He has a large wall hanging of a collection of simply beautiful butterflies....cases of every bug you can think of......even sea life...the glass jelly fish is unbelievable...don't miss his spider web........He is located on Calle del Fumo about half way toward the water where you would catch the boat to Murano......on the right if you are coming from the Rialto....... walk NE of the Rialto bridge......it is a short walk from there up a wonderful street that is very narrow and full of other interesting finds.....the printer on the street is fun too....vintage looking stationery.....and full of creativity...there are fewer tourists and more real ambiance......
    Most of his work is not for sale.....it is like a muesum......He doesn't speak English well but his wife does......you may want to call ahead to be able to see him at work.......He has taught glass art all over the world....

    Vittorio's glass butterflies Vittorio with his inspiration...... More of his work in glass...... Birds.......of glass
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    Wonder the streets and cannels of Venice.

    by MikeySoft Written Oct 25, 2007

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    I've love to wonder around Venice without a map. You will come across all types of interesting squares and things and may get away from the crowds. You will find good locations for taking pictures.
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    When I get lost, I just follow the big yellow signs to St Mark Square or to the Train station, or to wherever a big landmark is near where I want to do. I love when signs point in two opposite directions for the same landmark. :)

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    The last bridge without the parapet

    by gaia606 Written Jun 28, 2007

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    There are more then 500 bridges in Venice, but just one doesn’t have the parapet. It’s the Ponte Chiodo and you can find it on the Fondamenta di San Felice (in Cannaregio district) near the Misericordia. It’s still without parapet because it doesn’t lead to a public street but to a private building (Palazzo Chiodo) .
    It's a perfect place for a lovely picture.

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    Where you find the real Venice

    by fishandchips Updated May 6, 2007

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    There are literally hundreds of back water canals and bridges to help you get lost in this wonderful city. Your map will normally show you the main places to visit but it is essential to wander around the smaller streets and bridges to get a proper feel of the magic of Venice. From the water, an entirely different Venice will show itself. Not much glamour here with the dirty underside of this great city bared for all to see. It will quickly become apparent to you that Venice is slowly but surely being gobbled up by the lagoon. A trip down the Grand Canal will show you the best of Venice, a trip down the back waters will show you the more desparate side of town.

    Backwater canal and bridge
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    Lose yourself in Venice- literally!

    by debtravers Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    Best tip is to put on yr walking boots and get out there... when any calle gets too busy, get off onto the side streets.. we spent two days taking in turns to decide whether to go left or right and found empty squares, beautiful churches, cheap restaurants and no tourists!! think most people stick to the main drags as they're afraid of getting lost.. all too easy in venice. But what better place to do so??

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    Get lost already!

    by skywalkerbeth Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    Venice has over 100 canals with over 400 bridges. It's a lot of little islands. Each "island" was considered its own separate little district back in the day so each one has its own church, its own campo, etc.

    quiet gentle swoosh swoosh a misty January day...

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    Local Music

    by Lhenne1 Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Wander down some side streets (Venice isn't that big, you'll hit water before you can get too lost). You'll find great music acts randomly scattered throughout. So stray from the hectic pace of St. Mark's Square and find some of the smaller sights and sounds the city has to offer.

    They even play on boats
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    Nice and cheap tiramisu by a canal

    by Chris_Bore Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    From the Ferrovia waterbus stop, if you follow signs to Piazzalle Roma then these lead you along some nice back streets. We found this very nice bar/cafe right beside a colourful canal. Very quiet, and serving very nice light tiramisu at 1.45 euros. It was a delightful spot, the canal is wide enough to be nice to sit beside and quiet yet with one or two gondolas and boats drifting along. A peaceful spot to enjoy.

    If you don't find this particular spot, then there are so many others that it is worth trying anyway. :-)

    View from bar following signs to Piazzale Roma
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    Back street canal

    by draguza Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    Venice, city of canals. Venice was built in a shallow lagoon, with the canals serving the function of roads - every form of transport is on water or on foot. In fact, Venice is Europe’s largest car-free zone, unique in Europe in remaining a sizeable functioning city in the 21st century entirely without cars or trucks.

    Me and back street canal
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    Back streets

    by draguza Written Jul 17, 2006

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    My favourite thing was just getting lost in the back streets and finding hidden local shops, galleries, and pizzerias. Venice is magic. ...Truly a magical place! I found Venice to be like an artist's set of a stage. Everything so quaint and individual. Through the magical mazed streets, I will struggle to match this truly unique place

    A back street
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    backstreets

    by LOHRER Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    check'em out, don't miss out on the real Venice, flower basquets at the windows, on hot days the washing too. the good smell of homemade dinner, the radio playing, someone will tune in soon, mama mia.

    backstreets the Gondoliere knows the way
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    Throw away the map and just stroll around

    by pugwashman Written Feb 21, 2006

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    Aswell as the main tourist routes, there are lots of smaller alleyways which criss cross over tiny bridges and backwaters. You may well feel like you're walking round in circles, and you might well be, but go with the flow and just take in the whole experience that venice offers.

    San Polo district Castello district San Marco district Dorsoduro district The Bridge of Sighs
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    Backstreet scenes

    by Nixter01 Written Feb 20, 2006

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    There is always plenty to see and it does'nt always have to be where the famous architecture and monuments are, take to the backstreets and you'll be suprised what you will find and you won't get lost, you just come back to the beginning !

    So many of these tiny but long alley ways attractive building many of these are seen arond Venice Backstreet Pretty window ledge
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    Carry a map

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 8, 2005

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    Venice is one place I would recommend carrying a map (the locals will spot you as a tourist anyway) because there are too many winding side alleys that just dead end onto a canal meaning you have to retrace your steps.

    no football shirt this time

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