Canal Grande, Venice

4.8
#1 of 5,831 in Parks in Italy
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • Beautiful in every aspect. The Canale Grande is the main sight of Venice and extremly entertaining. I could spend hours sitting on the banks and watch the boats and Gondolas go by, with a delicious...  more »
  • There is so much to see along the grand canal. Beautiful buildings and lots of kerb side cafes and restaurants to choose from although there is only the Rialto bridge to cross over. Plenty of...  more »
  • Loved every minute and didn't want to leave. We had breakfast looking over the Grand canal. So beautiful.  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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