A gondola in a Venice canal
In Venice you’re gon-dola have a good time!

Mi amor! Venice is “The City of Bridges” and for good reason…it has 400 of them! These bridges connect 118 small islands that make up the city. The number of canals is debatable. Some canals are too narrow to pass and some are dead ends. The number of canals is between 150 and 200 with most people saying around 177 or 178. There are no cars in the city center. Boats take the place of cars and even busses.

The small boats that traverse the canals are called gondolas and there are about 400 currently in use. There used to be as many as 10,000 gondolas in Venice. Motor boats have taken the place of most gondolas and the ones that are left are primarily for tourism purposes.




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