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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Tours to Canal Grande
$99 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
Duration: 3 hours
$150 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
$134 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Duration: 2 hours
Canal Grande reviews
The grand canal is particulary one of the incredible place I've seen since the architecture and the nice people working on it, we have a day tour navegating and see romantic way to fall in love about.... more
The grand canal is particulary one of the incredible place I've seen since the architecture and the nice people working on it, we have a day tour navegating and see romantic way to fall in love about.... more »
We had a really nice stay outside with heaters keeping us warm. We had the house Prosecco which was nice. The waiter RJ was especially great, would visit again!
We had a really nice stay outside with heaters keeping us warm. We had the house Prosecco which was nice. The waiter RJ was especially great, would visit again! more »
Lose yourself among the tight streets of Venice.
a must when in venice, it’s cheaper with a group!
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