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
Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $81
Duration: 3 hours
Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $51
Duration: 129 to 147 minutes
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $50
Duration: 30 minutes
Canal Grande Reviews
There are too many reviews of Grand Canal (and most of them say the same), so here are just a couple of advises: 1) don't hesitate to buy at least a 24-hour vaporetto ticket, because it pays itself..... more »
Not much atmosphere when people are worried about Corona virus Even the Gondoliers looked sad we did have a walk right along the canal I have never seen Venice so empty more »
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Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
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