Canal Grande, Venice

4.8
#1 of 5,816 in Parks in Italy
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • No photo you make is better than one made before. This city; and especially this canal, is so photogenic.. You can’t not visit this canal while in Venice, because it’s bending it’s way all through.....  more »
  • Venice blew me away but this canal is a key visit. The quaint & quirky meets the magnificent canals. Vibrant atmosphere even in quieter times. Beautiful. All along there is just more to see.  more »
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  • Main way to travel in Venice
  • Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!

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