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Situated in Italy’s northeastern corner, at the northwestern end of the Adriatic Sea, Venice lies on an archipelago in the crescent-shaped Laguna Veneta (Venetian Lagoon). This stretches approximately 51 kilometres from the reclaimed marshes of Jesolo in the north, to the drained lands beyond Chioggia in the south, between the mouths of the Po and Piave Rivers. A line of sandbanks (on which are built many small settlements – some centuries old) protect the lagoon, but three porti (gaps) allow access for the city’s maritime traffic and the one-metre tides.
The buildings of Venice are constructed on closely spaced wooden piles, most of which are still intact after centuries of submersion. Most of the piles were made from the trunks of alder trees, a wood known for its water resistance.
Venice is famed for its bridges and canals, the largest of which, the Grand Canal, winds its way through the heart of the city. Lining this historic thoroughfare are gracious buildings between 200 and 700 years old, built to showcase the city’s immense wealth and power in its heyday. One of these grand old homes directly on the water is the regal 16th-century palazzo in which Aman Canal Grande Venice is housed.