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.
Tours to Canal Grande
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Canal Grande reviews
The weather was glorious and the gondola was a perfect way to see another side of the canals. Do it, if only for the tradition. Once in a lifetime is enough though, still special. more »
Venice is always a nice choice for a romantic trip! Just love the Canal Grande! Get a glass of prosecco, take a Vaporetto to the Lido direction! In a station Giardini you can get off and drink your..... more »
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Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
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