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Venice italy is known by several names one of which is the floating city this is due to the fact that the city of venice consists of 118 small islands connected by numerous canals and bridges yet the buildings in venice were not built directly on the islands. The grand canal italian canal grande kanal rande venetian canal grando anciently canaasso kanaaso is a channel in venice italyit forms one of the major water traffic corridors in the city one end of the canal leads into the lagoon near the santa lucia railway station and the other end leads into the basin at san marco in between it makes a large reverse s shape . The venice canals historic picturesque slightly shark inhabited theyre one of los angeless most unique features and theyve been through a lot in the 100 plus years theyve been around for. If one wants to understand the history of venice the best starting point is to understand the canals themselves and how their construction and history reflects and explains the city itself the canals venice is almost defined by its canals with more than 150 waterways meandering through the city and traversed by over 400 bridges