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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  • A magical place. Just like in the dreams. I will never forget the first time I visited this icon of one the most beautiful cities of the Earth.  more »
  • Oh Italy, how I wish I lived there! The only thing I regret is not staying longer. Sadly it was only a day trip :( I shall see you again soon !  more »
  • The Canal Grande has been a water-traffic corridor since ancient times. During Roman Times it was referred to as the Rio Businiacus and was possibly a branch of the Bienta River. At that time the...  more »
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  • Main way to travel in Venice
  • Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
  • Millions of peasants died building this. 5/5 stars👍
  • Venice what can I say spent 3 nights .we walked around and took the ferry for to see different places.
  • Amazing nature. 👌🏽👌🏽👍

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