Venice

The Grand Canal is Venice’s “main street” and the main traffic corridor for public and private transport, winding through the city.  (July 2011)

Florence

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge dates to 1345. It was the only Florence bridge left standing by the retreating German army in 1944. All others were ordered destroyed by Hitler. You can see the jeweler and blacksmith shops built onto the side of the bridge (on stilts) that are still used today. (July 2011)