The streetscapes of Venice
are endless in their variety.
Some work and feel better than others.
Venice offers many lessons for the
modern car-free city.

Pedestrian Street
This street in Castello is typical.
Shops line much of the street,
which is 3 to 5 meters wide.


Nice Width
This street tapers off into
several smaller streets.
The scale of this area
felt really inviting
to me.


I really like this sottoportego,
the passage under the building.
While the pattern is common in Venice,
this is an unusually wide and attractive example.


Narrow Street
This is a quite narrow street,
but there isn't much traffic on it,
so it works out very well.
Some important streets
in Venice are barely
a meter wide.


Small Market
The greengrocer and newsagent for this
neighborhood are located right in the street.
How many people stop and chat here each day?


House Details
I don't hold with the modernist
view of architecture that less is more.
This house is rich with detail
and I love it.


Wider Street
This is a newer neighborhood in Guidecca.
There isn't much traffic, and the streets feel
too wide and not so comfortable as the busier yet
narrower streets in older sections of Venice.


Another Wide Street
These streets are about 8 meters wide.
The proportions don't feel right,
and the street is too wide and too quiet.
The relationships between height, width,
and traffic are important.


New Alley
Giudecca has some new housing
of a scale similar to old Venice.
It feels less comfortable to me,
perhaps because it is
still so obviously new.
Windows would help.


Empty Square
This large square in Dorsoduro
was nearly deserted on the
cold and damp day I visited.
Squares can be too big.


Continue on to Burano.

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