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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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  • There's a selfie on every bridge, food on every corner, and all the modes of water transit are fun and quite efficient. It's as wonderful and romantic (at night) as you imagined it would be. 
    There's a selfie on every bridge, food on every corner, and all the modes of water transit are fun and quite efficient. It's as wonderful and romantic (at night) as you imagined it would be.  more »
  • What a beautiful way to see Venice then on a gondola in the grand canal, easy to access all same price €80 per gondola not per person 
    What a beautiful way to see Venice then on a gondola in the grand canal, easy to access all same price €80 per gondola not per person  more »
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  • Amazing sites for photos, especially during golden hour. The Grand canal stretches and weaves its way through the islands of Italy and it is where the highway that is Venice is located. The bus system travels through the Grand canal and by bus I mean water bus. I highly recommend taking the water bus even for fun as an alternative to the gondola because it is infinitely cheaper. 10 euros!
  • Most important "road" in Venice and definitely a must-see. We totally recommend to take the waterbus or watertaxi or a gondola to see the whole Canal Grande. Also having strolls next to the Canal Grande is really, really nice. So if you're in Venice, don't miss it.

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