Venice is a beautiful city and I've always wondered how it managed to survive the constant threat of humidity, erosion, and unyielding terrain. To live in an ever-changing environment Venetians have become masters of adapting and responding to the inevitable with constant maintenance and appropriate use of the city.
The fantastic video below explains everything from how the plumbing works to how the walls are maintained so that the constant battering of water doesn't erode entire islands.
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If you're interested in learning more, read A History of Venice.