The heart of Venice is the Grand Canal. The vaporettors (water bus) and water taxis will get you from one end of Venice to the other. The average depth of the canal is about 5 meters. The canals are inter connected by bridges and if you have strong legs, you could walk from Santa Lucia train station right up to St Mark’s square. Most famous of the bridges over the grand canal is the Rialto Bridge. As of April 2016, the Rialto is still under renovation and sadly you won’t be able to photograph or selfie yourself on the bridge.
A vaporetto passing under the Rialto bridge. The bridge is under renovation and the facade of the bridge you see is actually a painted canvas of the bridge itself.
Early morning rain at the Rialto.
In the very early morning rain and not a soul around.
At the Rialto, the water way is busy during most of the day and it is amazing how these vaporettos avoid each other as well as other boats as they zig-zag from one side of the canal to the other to serve their stops. The gondolas will also use a fair portion of the Grand Canal for its route. There are commercial boats transporting goods as well as private boats too. I can safely say this as a ‘controlled chaos’.
What is Venice famous if not for its canals. When there’s canal there’s bound to be bridges, boats, gondolas and people. Here are some photos of the best spots in my opinion. In search of it, I got ‘lost’ in the winding world of canals not to mention aching legs. But with HERE Maps apps, I got my bearings back.
sampaisudah.com toured the canals and bridges of Venice.
Hard Rock cafe and Rock Shop all over the world are almost similar to the other. We are not a big fan of the cafe but we always make an effort to drop by the Rock Shop for some souvenirs. The Hard Rock cafe is located behind St Mark’s square and is a popular spot for people to get on the gondola. Meanwhile, the Rock Shop is right on Rialto Bridge.
Hard Rock cafe Venice, Italy. Located behind the end of St Mark’s square.
In-front of Hard Rock cafe, is a favorite gondola service point.
Location of Hard Rock Cafe, Venice.
Rock Shop is located right on the Rialto Bridge.
Displays in the Rock Shop.
That typical Hard Rock T-shirt.
The alley on the right will lead you down Rialto bridge heading towards the water bus stop.