Thursday, 30th June 2005 by

This is the beautiful Venice, city of canals. Venice is built on more than a hundred islands 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.

I can't spot any gondolas from up here though, can you?


In our next thumbnails we're also featuring St. Mark's Basilica (you can also see the bell-tower) and the Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica overlooks the Piazza San Marco (you know, that square with all the pigeons that's in all the movies), and the Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most famous bridge which crosses Venice's Grand Canal. There's heaps of info over at Wikipedia, and there's tons of good ground level photos there too 🙂

St. Mark's Basilica Rialto Bridge

Thanks: Philip R, morinox, Drew Mills, Andy Kaplan-Myrth, Daniel, Troy Fuqua, GS, Simon Sutcliffe, Bennet Langlotz, Michele, Jan Fabry, jupap7, Martin Willey, Thomas, Mike Krus, Kevin, Ben Singleton, TROY, ray hollis, Vaclav Papousek, Jens Kilian, Bryan Robson, Frederic Argazzi, Max, David Fink and James Edmunds.