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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. With our world travel planner, Venice attractions like Canal Grande can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • While some buildings are showing wear and tear it doesn't take away from the grandeur and spectacle that is venice, off the bus in piazza de roma to hop on a water taxi which took us to San marco, the...  more »
  • We had a multi-day pass for the vaporetto, which is really a water bus. You can choose between several options, some of which are more direct to a destination, or the one (Line 1) that stops everywher...  more »
  • I prefer the smaller canals and getting lost in the maze of the colorful buildings and canals, but this is definitely worth seeing and snapping a few photos! 
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  • Venice is a place you just have to visit. Yes can be pricey but that's to be expected. A few days is not enough to see everything. You'll do a lot of walking so prepare some comfy shoes.
  • This is Venice, But Beware Expensive! Everything in Venice is over-priced, from a beer to a bus and everything in between. €80 for a gondola ride, come on (though we did enjoy it, not worth the price). Public transport is good, a 3 day pass is just over €45 but covers the water buses too. A one way water bus ride from the Bridge of Sighs area to the bus station is €7.50 each so can quickly add up. Tip if you like a beer, there are some pubs that do craft Italian and imported ales but if you sit down, it is much more expensive than if you stand at the bar (locals do). Have a couple of afternoon beers and snacks sat down and be prepared for a €50 and upwards bill. Overall, loved Venice, fabulous to see but wouldn't go back.
  • Yes it is the canal grande with all its charm. It is interesting to see all the boats and people moving. But on the other side it is like a showcase for tourist. Venice lost his soul long time ago! Simon Visit my website: www.noireblanc.de
  • Best part and top attraction of Venice. Explore it best with a sea bus. Beautiful facades, boats and gondolas to take photographs of. Impossible to be missed._
  • Beautiful and picturesque, the grand canal is a must see and where better to see it from than while having a coffee at Grand Canal? Prices are reasonable, service is friendly (and English friendly), would go again.