Foreign News: Road to Venice

For 1,400 years no enemy could reach island Venice by land. Navigation was difficult in the lagoon that separates it from the mainland. Venetians skated over the shallows in flat-bottomed gondolas, floated their houses on piles in the alluvial mud, cherished their "splendid isolation." They lost part of it when an iron railway viaduct was strung across the Laguna Venetia in 1846. But not until last week did a road, of brick and stone and concrete, ever attach Venice, "Pearl of the Adriatic," to Italy's mainland.

Venetians had been arguing about a road to...

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