This picture is big (taken with the new panorama mode on the iPhone 5) The Grand Canal in Venice is named “big.” The Ponte Rialto in the background on the right is a seriously big tourist trap. The outsized egos of 17th century Venetians during the height of their global commercial power is still on display here through art and architecture–in a big way. For a Californian family, a trip to Venice is one Big vacation!

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