Venice aerial photo

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Getting the lay of the land (and water)

Venice's centro storico, or historic center, is a compact and walkable city of about 60,000 people on 118 tiny islands connected by 425 footbridges.

In the aerial photo above, you can see labels for:

  • Adriatic Sea (top left), a branch of the Mediterranean.
  • Lido di Venezia, a long, narrow resort island that protects the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic.
  • The Venetian Lagoon, a shallow mixture of fresh water and sea water that is bathed by twice-daily tides from the Adriatic.
  • Giudecca, an island just north of Venice's historic center.
  • Venice (Centro Storico), the main part of the city.
  • The cruise port, which has two parts: Marittima and San Basilio.
  • Tronchetto, a parking island for cars and buses.
  • The Ponte della Libertà, or bridge to the mainland, which carries both trains and cars.
  • The mainland districts of Mestre and Marghera.
  • Murano (bottom of photo), Venice's glassmaking island.

You'll also see four landmarks numbered in red:

  • Piazza San Marco (upper left numeral).
  • Rialto Bridge (lower left numeral).
  • Piazzale Roma (upper right numeral), Venice's gateway for city buses, airport buses, and taxicabs.
  • Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station (lower right numeral).

Airport locations:

  • Venice Marco Polo Airport is a few kilometers north of Mestre, on the Italian mainland.
  • Treviso Airport, used by Ryanair and several other budget carriers, is on the Italian mainland about 40 km or 25 miles from Venice.

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