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 heart of Venice - the grand canal - their main waterway. It was our first time in Venice and we enjoyed just watching the boats, gandolas, water busses go and come with passengers, supplies and....  more »
  • Whether you are walking through the back streets of Venice or taking the Vaparetto everything leads to the Canal. We joined at the Rialto Bridge down to Piazza San Marco. Stunning architecture all...  more »
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  • Main way to travel in Venice
  • Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
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