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 $76
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 $47
Duration: 30 minutes
Canal Grande Reviews
The Grande Canal is like 42nd Street in NYC, but with boats and lots of them. From any bridge and any vantage point, it’s quite lovely and will cause you to stop and contemplate all that history mixin... more »
If you come to Venice for a calm and relaxing gateway, you're in the wrong place! Venice is extraordinary but everything but peaceful. You've got to see it at least once in a lifetime! more »
While it is the obvious destination for tourists, leave time for exploring the back streets and parks used by locals. Well worth the planning to get to. I would imagine that peak tourist season would be crowded.
This is the perfect bucket list destination, just like in romance movies. The Grand Canal captures exactly what Venice is about; so picture perfect. Beautiful gondolas surrounded by classic buildings that make up the history of Venice. Simply taking a walk around the area is already a fascinating experience. The bridges also add a special touch to this beautiful sight. Strongly recommended.
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