Venice is easily accessible via northern Croatia so I made a last pit stop to Italy. The “city” is really a collection of 118 islands and must be navigated via water taxi, which is a really unique experience. It was fun taking water taxis to and from the various islands during my short stay but it’s definitely a choppy ride and I couldn’t see it being a convenient daily form of transportation. I snapped these pictures on my way to the main island after crossing the border into Italy.
The boat ride into central Venice and the Grand Canal is great as you get to see the buildings far before you arrive to Venice itself. I couldn’t help but wonder how they built all the houses. If you notice, they’re built on marshy banks right up to the water’s edge. On some of the smaller canals, there’s virtually no stoop between the water’s edge and the walls. The lagoon is really one of the most fascinating architectural wonders. A tour guide later explained that the builders pushed mud and sediment to form the housing base and then stacked the foundation brick by brick, all while standing in the water. Imagine that!