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The best big cities for pedestrians

By: Josh Lew on June 20, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
Venice canal

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Venice, Italy

Venice is best known for its waterways, but it is also an extremely walker-friendly town. Actually, this well-known destination is an obvious addition to any list of walkable cities simply because it lacks one of the main problems that hamper pedestrians: automobiles. That's right, Venice is a car-free city. Its “taxis” are boats that cruise the famous canals, and locals usually get around the same way that they have for hundreds upon hundreds of years: on foot. Walking in the city's main areas is straightforward, but a true Venetian travel experience has to include wandering through the mazelike back streets of the city, soaking in the ambiance and discovering hidden piazzas and neighborhood shops and restaurants that most tourists never get to see.