Picture This: The Canals of Venice, Italy

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Traveling the canals of Venice, Italy.

Situated in northeast Italy, Venice is a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges – making it easy to understand why it’s developed numerous titles, including “The Floating City” and “City of Bridges.” Considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities, the city in its entirety is also listed as World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. Across nearly 1,000 years of history, it’s been a major maritime power, an important center of commerce, an influencer of symphonic and operatic music, and known for several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period.

It’s the world’s only pedestrian city – easily walkable and free of cars. Gondoliers have been navigating the canals of Venice for more than 10 centuries and belong to a guild that guards its ancient traditions and skills. The guild has upward of 425 members – predominantly male and born locally – and tightly controls the number of licenses issued each year. Potential members go through extensive training and an apprenticeship before taking a major comprehensive exam, which tests knowledge of Venetian history and landmarks, foreign language skills, and practical skills in handling the gondola.

Photographer: Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner lives in Southern California and says, “The world is my playground.” His career as a pilot and aircraft mechanic for private jets has taken him all over the world. Never without his camera, Mark chronicles his travels, as well as his varied resume of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering, cycling, skiing, fishing and more. Click here to see more.


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