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Essential Venice by Expat46

We are pleased to introduce our guest blogger and Italian resident Expat46,who has been generous enough to share his considerable knowledge of Venice with the emwi community.

Superlatives for Venice abound. You’ll choose your own when you’ve been there. For me, in its literal sense,that much overused word “awesome” is just about right. Venice inspires awe. Just the building of the present city between say the 11th century and the 18th century was an amazing accomplishment. Built, as all the huge palaces and churches are, on dozens of islands joined together by hundreds of bridges, itwould probably give even modern architects and engineers some headaches. And it is not all standing on solid islands. For example, the church of the Salute (by ourstandardscathedral size) constructed between 1630 and 1687, stands entirely on wooden piles driven into the bottom of the lagoon: no less than 1,156,627 of them (although who counted so precisely in the 17th century I’m…