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Canal Grande, Venice

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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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  • We had a private launch to take us up the Canal Grande and my poor camera got a workout! The views of the old Palazzo's from the Canal are stunning. Well worth the money. 
    We had a private launch to take us up the Canal Grande and my poor camera got a workout! The views of the old Palazzo's from the Canal are stunning. Well worth the money.  more »
  • From the moment I laid eyes on this canal I was in love. It is so beautiful and lively. I could sit and people-watch for hours. My partner and I were also lucky enough to go on a gondola on the grand....  more
    From the moment I laid eyes on this canal I was in love. It is so beautiful and lively. I could sit and people-watch for hours. My partner and I were also lucky enough to go on a gondola on the grand....  more »
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  • First bridge you see once you arrive in Venice. What else.
  • I give him 5 star but there are very high ship traffic I couldn't enjoy there

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