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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  • Fun to do from the station to San Marco to rest the feet by vaporetto. To prefer to the sunset.
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  • It's really unique to be able to have seen this. Mass tourism does have some disadvantages but that does not diminish this great place!
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  • Where one takes a stroll along the canal or using a form of water-transport (avoid in the afternoon if taking transport), the view s are always great; best enjoyed first thing in the morning before mo...  more »
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  • Beutiful place. Antipasti excellent. I had the crab salad as a midi course. Not much flavour! Also my mazancole were rather ordinary. I expected something a bit more original. I took coffee and liquor in the garden. The grass needed a little watering Staff very nice though some rather young giving an impression of little experience. Overall a nice experience if not outstanding. Julia Bridges.
  • If you are already in Venice and you don't this ride, you have lost on experiencing it. Awesome, esp for me, for years seeing on tv and the virtual world, god, I was the excited one. Felt so good, felt as though you have conquered a big thing, amazing experience viewing every nook and cranny while cruising. Indeed, really crowded, but who cares, such an experience will be lifelong treasure moment.
  • Amazing to see all the different types of boats navigating the grand canal whether it's a gondola, a water taxi or a delivery barge they all seem to have a system. Great sitting on the edge and having a drink on a sunny day.
  • Looks beautiful at night. Get on the bridge to capture amazing time lapse videos. There are several restaurants in grand canal.
  • Yes, Venice can be crowded and expensive depending on when you are visiting. Regardless, it is still one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. There's nothing quite like traversing the Grande Canal via boat. You can take an affordable water bus, or hire a pricey water taxi, or even take a famous gondola. The later two options will cost you a pretty penny though, so make sure it's something you really want to do. Just traversing the water, no matter how you do it, is a worthwhile experience.

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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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