FAR Illustrated

San Marco, Venice

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This is the oldest part of Venice. Streets and buildings have been in substantially their current form for half a millennium. The dense construction and narrow streets are broken only by the occasional square. Piazza San Marco, shown below, is by far the largest of these. Most streets are very narrow, with no street on the map being more than 10 m wide. Many, as in the case of the alley shown in the bottom photograph, are not even 3 m wide. This part of Venice has the tallest buildings, many up to five stories, and very few are less than three.

The waterways are the area’s principal transport network, with virtually all goods being delivered by water to a point as close as possible to the final destination. The area sees very heavy tourism, which is now the primary industry.

Piazza San Marco

Campo San Zulian

Back Street

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