Canal Grande, Venice

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Ride a gondola or water bus down Canal Grande. A major water-traffic corridor, it winds through the city's central districts. Along its banks, you can see more than 170 buildings, including several palaces. Most of the buildings were erected between the 13th and 18th centuries, reflecting the prosperity and art of the once-powerful Republic of Venice. Forming a kind of reverse S-shape, the canal probably follows the course of an ancient river, eventually emptying its waters into a lagoon. The canal is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) long and 30 to 90 m (98 to 295 ft) wide. Centuries-old traditions, such as a historical regatta, are held every year along this ancient canal. Use our Venice trip planner to visit Canal Grande on your trip to Venice, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Never stop being completely blown away by how beautiful it is. Feels like being in a filmkuliss. So much to see, architecture, people, crowd of boats and the great way to get around on.
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  • Essential, day and night. It is best to define a transport pass. Possibility of admiring the Venetian Palace.
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  • The Gondola ride was amazingly romantic and a wonderful experience. The views of the canal were breathtaking!!! This is a must do while in Venice!!! We didn’t book a ride with any tour companies. No n...  more »
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  • How else can the Grand Canal in Venice be described except One of a Kind? It is amazing to see and to use. We cruised the Canal a number of times during our stay on the waterbuses and also a small section in a Gondola and were amazed at how much of a lifeline this is for the city. It is the main freeway for Venice and always bustling with boats of all descriptions. There are the waterbuses and water taxis, Gondolas, delivery, garbage collection, police, ambulance and fire boats regularly using the unique Canal systems. An amazing thing to see.
  • A walk along the grand canal is a must whilst in Venice. As you wander around the alleys, you'll pass over numerous canals. The grand canal is the thick one that loops around the centre of Venice. Photographic opportunities great here.
  • This is the must place to go when in Venice. There are many ways to see the Grand Canal and if you can afford the €80 for a gondola then this is one of the best ways. If not the vaporetto takes you the whole length of the canal and you see all the main sites as well. A €20 all day travel card will let you take as many trips as you want in 24 hrs including to the islands as well.
  • Nice This is not a specific place to visit but when you visit lot of places it will be through grand canal. along grand canal we have lot of tourist attractions. Never take taxi. Public transport is more than enough
  • This hotel has the best location. Close to transport to/from Venice and main hub of station and vaporetto lines to most parts of the city and beyond. Despite its shabby chic exterior, we found the breakfast areas and bedrooms clean and with all the basics you might need. The staff were excellent for both their friendliness and efficiency. It doesn't have all the frills but we wanted someone well priced, convenient and clean. It was all of these things. We spent little time in the hotel as we were out most of the time. It provided exactly what we needed for a trip to Venice and I was more than happy and would recommend to anyone.
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