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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Canal Grande Reviews
Well you cannot go to Venice and not cruise the Grand Canal and the surrounding areas on a gondola, especially when on honeymoon. It might be touristy but it was very nice riding on the gondola and... more »
beautiful Canal, locals seems to call it the lagoon. Many boats with skilled drivers and busy ferry crossings more »
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Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
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