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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  • The Grand Canal is really pretty and if you visit, you must ride in a Gondola. Its an amazing experience and really fun too.  more »
  • Very nice. The vaporetto is good choice of 24 hour s. It is free during that time but dune 75 minutes
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  • The trip in the canal is a must, it is very expensive though and not long enough. The guide mainly talks about the old city on the trip, avoid going early morning, the water stinks of sewage.  more »
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  • Beautiful romantic city, nice cruises through the canals with boats or gondolas. The architecture is amazing, many historical sites, statues and museums. Lively city, full of commercial stores, cafe, bar and restaurants, one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
  • Venice is a beautiful city. It has amazing architecture. It's recommend to take a boat for a day to go around the city. Gondola ride is fun and a must here.
  • The Canal Grande is a Venetian jewel itself. Plenty of historical buildings face it on both sides. It runs through the city center, the same way an avenue would but on water. All the taxis, buses, and even ambulances are boats that circulate along, next to the historical gondolas. That's why, unfortunately, it's overcrowded. So take it easy, enjoy the trip, and you'll be fine.
  • Always spectacular. You must see this place once in your life. The experience of walking out of the train station and being met by the Grand Canal is simply breathtaking.
  • What a sight. An absolute marvel and a must for anyone when visiting this great place.

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