After Rome fell, farmers on Venice's mainland were sick and tired of being overrun by barbarians and moved out into this lagoon, and hoped the barbarians didn't like water. Today, these towns' back lanes give you a candid peek at a peaceful slice of the Venetian lagoon most visitors miss. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.
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