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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  • Amazing scenery. Totally beautiful. Enjoyable from a water taxi and a gondola. Lots to see and even though its busy it's somehow relaxing  more »
  • When in Venice, a cruise along the Grand canal is a must! You can easily do it by using the "Linea 1" vaporetto line, which takes you from San Marco right until Piazzale Roma. The vaporetto runs...  more »
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  • Main way to travel in Venice
  • Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!

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