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34 (tie). Venice and Its Lagoon, Italy

Paddling past the Basilica di San Marco, a kayaker navigates Venice and its lagoon. Some days it's tough to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Built largely on sinking wooden pilings, the city is faced with ever more floods, and ambitious plans to hold back the water have so far gone unrealized. Add pollution, depopulation, and global warming's specter of rising seas, and it's no wonder the still-gorgeous city gives Traveler magazine's panel a sinking feeling.

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