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.
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.
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??
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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
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.
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.
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 !
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.
It doesnt take many steps from the busy tourist areas to find yourself walking along a quiet path by a narrow canal, no shops selling glass and masks, or stalls with plastic gondolas, just peace
every so often you will turn into another back street and meet another tourist, you will look at each other and smile before going your seperate ways to solitude
or you will hear a child in one of the apartments, or see someone at a window looking at you, yet another stranger, walking past their home
its cooler in the back streets and you can wander till you are refreshed and ready to fight your way among the crowds again, or find a little bar for a cold beer
you wont be the first tourist to find these places, thousands have walked these paths before you, and thousands will after you,
but for a little while they will be your secret places
Venice is in every way a giant theatre, in many respects, the only reason the the city is still habital by so many people is the enormous tourist industry.
So why not head behind the facade and go "BACK STAGE"!
Check out some of the incredible canals that rule the roost outside the main hustle and bustle. Check it out, it is truly fascinating!
You may even be able to get your Gondalier to get you take to you to some of these back stage areas!
One of the best pieces of advice that I recieved upon arriving in Venice was to just get lost!! And it was great.
We didn't puposely get lost to start out with but in the end we did. You discover so much that you would otherwise miss out on just wandering the back canals and tiny streets.
You see some great gems, and unless you plan on swimming, you will always be able to find your way back to where you want to be - eventually!!
Try it and see!!