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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. 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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  • We spent many hours venturing around and taking endless pictures of the canal, absolutely breathtaking. 
    We spent many hours venturing around and taking endless pictures of the canal, absolutely breathtaking.  more »
  • This canal with sea water and tides, is the highlight of Venice. Extremely picturesque. At the same time it is the highway of the city, with vaporetti, gondola’s, trachetti, taxi boats, private... 
    This canal with sea water and tides, is the highlight of Venice. Extremely picturesque. At the same time it is the highway of the city, with vaporetti, gondola’s, trachetti, taxi boats, private...  more »
  • Fantastic experience great location great tourist destination fantastic food great entertainment amazing local’s fantastic hospitality excellent attractions 
    Fantastic experience great location great tourist destination fantastic food great entertainment amazing local’s fantastic hospitality excellent attractions  more »
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  • Amazing sites for photos, especially during golden hour. The Grand canal stretches and weaves its way through the islands of Italy and it is where the highway that is Venice is located. The bus system travels through the Grand canal and by bus I mean water bus. I highly recommend taking the water bus even for fun as an alternative to the gondola because it is infinitely cheaper. 10 euros!
  • Most important "road" in Venice and definitely a must-see. We totally recommend to take the waterbus or watertaxi or a gondola to see the whole Canal Grande. Also having strolls next to the Canal Grande is really, really nice. So if you're in Venice, don't miss it.
  • Main canal of Venice which connects all other small canals in city. All ferries run through this canal and islands near to Venice are connected through this canal. All ferry stops are in this canal, so we can get to all tourist attractions, train stations and main Venice airport from any of the ferry stops in the canal. Famous bridge like Rialto are over this canal.
  • Just great. I think this is the main part of Venice, where one must take the boat and enjoy. Interestingly on the first Sunday of June this canal gets filled with rowing boats of various colours from various destinations. Wonderful and much more from the sky.
  • I've to admit that I don't like a smell here but this place is very beautiful and classic. All I can say, it's a place you should not missed in this life. And the food is so great!

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