Illustrator Map Venice Italy

Venice, Italy, is renowned for its unique urban layout characterized by a network of canals, bridges, and narrow streets. The city is built on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Here’s a brief description of some of Venice’s principal waterways, bridges, and main streets:


  1. Grand Canal (Canal Grande): The Grand Canal is the main waterway in Venice, snaking through the city in a large S-shape. It is lined with beautiful historic buildings, palaces, and churches. Vaporetto (water bus) and water taxi services operate on the Grand Canal.
  2. Giudecca Canal (Canale della Giudecca): This canal separates the main islands of Venice from the island of Giudecca. It offers stunning views of the city and is an important transportation route.
  3. Canal of the Cannaregio District (Canale di Cannaregio): This is one of the major canals in the Cannaregio district, a residential area that provides a more authentic Venetian experience away from the main tourist areas.
  4. Rio di Palazzo: This canal runs alongside the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, creating a picturesque scene in the heart of Venice.


  1. Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto): One of Venice’s most iconic landmarks, the Rialto Bridge spans the Grand Canal and is lined with shops. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists.
  2. Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri): Connecting the Doge’s Palace to the historic prison, this enclosed bridge is famous for its romantic name and beautiful architecture.
  3. Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia): Offering breathtaking views of the Grand Canal, this wooden bridge connects the San Marco district to the Accademia Gallery.

Main Streets:

  1. Strada Nova: This is a major street in Venice, stretching from the train station to the Rialto Bridge. It is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a bustling thoroughfare.
  2. St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco): While not a traditional street, the main square of Venice, St. Mark’s Square, is a central hub surrounded by important buildings such as St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
  3. Mercerie: These are a series of interconnected streets that form the main shopping district in Venice, running between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
  4. Fondamenta della Misericordia: Located in the Cannaregio district, this waterfront promenade is known for its lively atmosphere and diverse range of restaurants and bars.

Navigating Venice often involves a combination of walking, taking water buses, and riding in water taxis, as the city’s unique layout relies heavily on its intricate network of canals and bridges.

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Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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