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Vivid Waterways of Venice

Venice stays with you long after you’ve left  it. A visit to a place that has a powerful aura of history, mystery and beauty distilled down to its essence without the distractions of modern city life —  makes a very lasting impression…and a very colorful one.

Vivid Waterways of Venice

This city charms you with blissful little moments: the completely different sense of scale; the narrow passageways opening up unexpectedly onto  squares in the maze-like configuration that makes getting from point A to B just enough of an adventure to become a happy memory; the constant nearness of water; the pace of the happily meandering fellow tourists; walking the old streets, on bridges over the canals with gondolas gliding through narrow passages and up to the San Marco square…it’s all just beautiful!

waterways and canals of Venice

Venice is a city of  small islands, enhanced during the Middle Ages by the dredging of soils to raise the marshy ground above the tides. The resulting canals encouraged a nautical culture to flourish. Today an intricate maze of around 117 canals thread through the city with 409 bridges for the flow of foot traffic.

waterways and canals of Venice

The canals in Venice vary widely in size. The main canal is about 1200 feet wide and varies based on the location. The smaller canals can be between 50 to 200 feet in width. Their depths range from 8 feet to 16 feet.

waterways and canals of Venice

You see vivid colors everywhere..on the crumbling walls, fading boats, water layers, hanging washings.. the dark reds, brilliant blues and vibrant yellows that either stand out and yell or just blend in with a muted vibrancy to more closely mimic colors found in nature.

waterways and canals of Venice

Jetting around the canals in Venice is totally fun. I loved travelling on the vaporetto; the city’s ferry system. This is the main way of getting around Venice and the tickets set you back just a few euros which leaves plenty of coin for sunset aperitivo at a rooftop wine bar :-). Even better is to get the day passes.

waterways and canals of Venice

And if you’ve had your share of the public ferries and romantic gondolas, then think about rowing your own boat. The fact is, Venice highly restricts the operation of motorized vessels to specific canals but non-motorized boats have a free rein. You can go anywhere at anytime in a paddled or row boat;  even against one-way traffic :-)

waterways and canals of Venice

“A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.”

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30 comments on “Vivid Waterways of Venice

  1. janalinesmalman
    October 9, 2012

    Stunning photos!!

  2. booksdefineme
    October 9, 2012

    Venice like Paris has a magical effect on all who see it! I love it could go back tomorrow. Thank you for the lovely pictures they brought back memories..

    • Deepali
      October 9, 2012

      Totally agree, it has a hypnotic effect! Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

  3. geoffwatt
    October 9, 2012

    Lovely, I’ve just been in Venice myself!

    • Deepali
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks, Geoff. Loved your post, Geoff shoots more Gondolas and a wharf. Your Venice photos are absolutely awesome as is your blog!

  4. Rubella
    October 9, 2012

    I’ve wanted to visit Italy for sometime now for this alone, the canals. You’ve taken some gorgeous pictures!

    • Deepali
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks, Rubella. Do visit whenever you get a chance, it will surely be an awesome experience!

  5. Northern Narratives
    October 9, 2012

    Wonderful photos.

    • Deepali
      October 10, 2012

      Thanks a lot! It’s a wonderful place so I really didn’t have to do much to get some good pics :-)

  6. ioanna aggelidaki
    October 10, 2012

    Lovely colors!!! You make want to visit Venice even more…..!

    • Deepali
      October 10, 2012

      Thanks, Ioanna..it’s really worth all the fuss..and you’re not so far away from it as I am :-)

  7. siba sahu
    October 10, 2012

    Awesome clicks :)

    • Deepali
      October 10, 2012

      Thanks, Siba! Glad you liked them :-)

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  9. Suzanne
    October 15, 2012

    Thanks for a beautiful post. I too want to visit Italy. Your post feeds my determination to get there.

    • Deepali
      October 16, 2012

      Glad you liked and stopped by. I hope you get to go there very soon..gud luck!!

  10. The Retiring Sort
    October 16, 2012

    What a beautiful, colorful travelogue! Thanks for sharing it, Deepali!!

  11. Patti
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing the photos – I never realized Venice was so colorful!

    • Deepali
      October 18, 2012

      Isn’t it!! All these colors are delightful..it’s a wonderful place, and full of little surprises :-)

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  13. Kavi
    October 19, 2012

    Great pics – this will be FP’d for sure!!

    • Deepali
      October 20, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Kavi. That boat has sailed but very honored that you thought it was worthy :-)

      • Kavi
        October 20, 2012

        keep the faith, it will happen, but a great post nevertheless, with or without FP :-)

  14. Tina Schell
    November 2, 2012

    My favorite of your posts Deepali. Colors and composition are terrific. Haven’t forgotten about my Adventurous Blogger post. Still in the works ;-)

    • Deepali
      November 2, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Tina. Feeling great at your lovely comment :-) I’d loved my time in Venice and it shows in this post. Look forward to your adventurous nominees…

  15. restlessjo
    November 12, 2012

    Ooh this is a beautiful post, Deepali! In all the myriad photos I’ve seen of Venice, I’ve never seen that Scavolini one. Great capture, and some lovely memories relived.

    • Deepali
      November 14, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Jo. In fact, Scavolini is the only billboard that I saw in Venice and how..they’d usurped an entire canal :-) otherwise, Venice is relatively ad free which I like very much.

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  17. Andreas Hendrik
    February 10, 2013

    So vivid and wonderful colours, nice retouch! Like it so much!

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