No tour of Venice would be complete without a trip down the Grand Canal, the largest in Venice and "the finest street in the world." Next, Laura takes you to the Rialto. The pedestrian streets around the Rialto Bridge are lined with shops sporting items like gondolier hats and carnival masks. Don't miss St. Mark's Basilica, one of the oldest and most beautiful Byzantine cathedrals in Europe.
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