Of all the world's great cities, none has an infrastructure quite as unique as Venice, Italy's "City of Canals".
Founded over 1400 years ago, this aquatic jewel of the Adriatic has stood bravely against time, tide, and the capricious floods that continually threaten and taunt its shores. Made up of more than 100 islands connected only by footbridges and its legendary waterways, Venice's early commercial success and its subsequent fame has always been connected to its relationship with water. From a practical mode of everyday transportation of a well-known tourist attraction, learn how the Miraculous Canals of Venice have figured into the history of the city's construction and why the very element which gives the city its fame is also its greatest enemy.
Join Ancient Mysteries® for an in-depth look at the intricate and versatile system of Venice's celebrated canals.