Venice is a magical place. It is built on 117 islands. It has 150 canals and 400 bridges. The dazzling Byzantine domed roofs, pointed arches and windows, the candy-striped boat poles, the canals teeming with boats, vaporettos, and gondolas, the beautiful old villas and huge domed churches hugging the water -- all contribute to the feeling of being in a fantasy land.
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