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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  • 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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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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