stop along the Grand Canal
Scalzi Bridge on the Grand Canal (Map D3) is exactly next to the
railway station (Map C3).
the wooden Accademia Bridge built 1932 (Map E6)
Accademia Bridge (thumbnail only) (Map E6)
Since the Venice navy controlled
most of the Adriatic, she held a monopoly on trade from India and the far
east to countries in Europe for coveted goods such as gold, silk, and coffee.
Venetian merchant families became
wealthy and they built opulent Palazzi (Palaces) along the Grand Canal.
As a result, Venice became one of
the richest empires in Europe. Visitors and artists traveled from all over
to admire its magnificence and Eastern art and artists started to influence
accents to architecture, blending European and Eastern elements and creating
a city that is unique in the world.