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Venice was a mercantile city and the former merchants' homes are now called 'palazzi'. Most of them are lined up along the Canal Grande. Like any Venetian construction they stand on foundations made of pilings that were driven centuries ago into the marshy ground in order to stabilize the buildings.

Venice was a mercantile city and the former merchants' homes are now called 'palazzi'. Most of them are lined up along the Canal Grande. Like any Venetian construction they stand on foundations made of pilings that were driven centuries ago into the marshy ground in order to stabilize the buildings.

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