Venice is a collection of 118 islands. Th Venetian urban structure features the very clear distinction of two transportation systems: the waterways (canals and rii - smaller canals) and the walkways (alley ways, squares, banks, paved streets alongside the canals, pathways). Over time, the walkways and bridges have given rise to a real network of connections. 364 bridges unite the various islets and, for the most part, are built in stone. Once, they were made of wood and without steps so that horses and carts could use them.
Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square, the political, religious and social centre of Venice, conveys all the pomp and grandeur of the Republic of Venice. St. Mark’s Basilica, which stands in the square of the same name, was consecrated in 832 and dedicated to the Evangelist, St. Mark. The Basilica is a masterpiece of art and architecture with its Greek cross, mosaic floors, ceilings and all the Byzantine grandeur and the works of art such as the Pala d'Oro of the high alter, the Nicopeia, and the Baptistery. By taking the motorway, Venezia can be reached from Fagagna in just over an hour.