Venice is often described as being like a film set; outwardly impressive but with little substance behind the exterior glory.

This is partly true in so far as most of the Palazzi have magnificent facades that face onto the Grand Canal since this was the main thoroughfare when they were built, so you got more bang for your buck in the one-upmanship of the Venetian Republic if you concentrated your decorative efforts here and built a more mundane shell behind it.  The reverse is also true however, many buildings whose crumbling outer walls form the darker alleys of the city have modern and stylish interiors.

Either way there are some commonalities; buildings shored and supported in numerous ways, cables and pipework laid wherever they might fit, and a pigeon population oblivious to it all

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