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Venice, Italy

Riva degli Schiavoni

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Waterfront Walkway

You will likely travel many times down this large stone pathway (effectively a boardwalk) which runs along the Grand Canal just south of the Piazza San Marco. Although it offers some beautiful views of the lagoon and of some of the islets of Venice, it is very often overrun with tourists making their way between hotels and restaurants along the path and the piazza. Try to come here in the early morning or evening around sunset, when the crowd has cleared a little, and at that time you can appreciate your surroundings. Look up close at the series of gondolas lined up for the evening, and imagine what it was like hundreds of years ago when Slavic merchant boats (where the road gets its name) and large military vessels inhabited this space instead.

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