Venezia (Venice) was founded 1,500 years ago as a refuge from barbarians. The city Is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Instead of roads they have canals and the biggest of them is aptly called the Grand Canal. Gothic churches and palaces line along the larger canals evoking the city's glorious past. Today some palaces are being used as hotels while others are decaying.
This is J.J. and my 7th pilgrimage to a magical, romantic island city. Despite the rainy weather forecast, Venezia was packed with tourists. Annually, 15 million visitors flock to the city each year. We skipped popular sites and walked around enjoying the the city.