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Grand Canal
Grand Canal

Grand Canal

115 reviews
Sights and Museums,Landmark
Ranked #3 in Venice things to do
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The Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, travelling from the Saint Mark Basin on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia rail station on the other. This ancient waterway ... Read more
measures 3,800 meters long and ranges from 30 to 90 meters wide. In most places, the canal is approximately 5 meters deep.

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Marsaxlokk

The Grand Canal is sort of Venice's high street. I have only one suggestion, a water taxi ride in a Riva boat at night and ideally just with your loved one. Haunting, super romantic, magical. Worth the EUR 50 charge.

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Wainwright, Canada

As grand as they ever made it out to be! Highly recommend a gondola ride through the grand canal and side streets, romantic, historic and beautiful.

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Denver

The Grand Canal is encountered immediately upon departing the train station into Venice. At first you are surprised by the scene that lays before you, it is just what you have read about. However that quickly gives way to the annoyance of hawkers shoving selfie sticks into your hands and the claustrophobic crowding. Best bet is to get away from the canal and into the city.

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If you've never been to Venice you have to take at least one time a vaporetto along the Canal Grande.

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The centre of Venice, so beautiful, so unique, there is nowhere else like it on earth!

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Brno, Czech Republic

Even a simple vaporetto ride down the grand canal on a sunny is spectacular. The unbelievable architecture on the canal fronts plus the traffic of gondolas, taxis and other vessels make for amazing sight seeing.

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Surrey

Very beautiful. I enjoyed the gondola ride throughout all of Venice. Definitely worth the money.

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Milan, Italy

Not to be missed: a vaporetto ride, both during the day or at night time. You will get on at CA' D'ORO, getting off in PIAZZA SAN MARCO. It will be a 30 minutes amazing ride, along the Grand Canal, with its beautiful, ancient buildings. At night time it will be even more special as there will be fewer people and the lights along the water will be gorgeous.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The main canal that snakes right through the center of Venice cutting the island in half. The canal full city has a seemingly limitless number of bridges but the biggest and most impressive cross over the Grand Canal.

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Cambridge

Obviously you can't go to Venice without checking out the Grand Canal. Nearly impossible to miss though.

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Bedford

The highlight of a trip to Venice, The Grand Canal is magnificent. Boat traffic weaves in and out of this canal deftly avoiding collisions.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA
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The Grand Canal is the widest waterway in the city. It's crossed by three bridges, the most famous of which is the Rialto. There are also small gondola ferries that will take you across for a few Euro. The best way to get oriented, if you're coming in from the train station, is to take the Vaporetto all the way to San Marco. The reality of Venetian splendor will kick in very quickly.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

I don't think you could miss the grand canal in Venice even if you tried. It's the widest and longest canal in Venice, and you will undoubtedly cross it at least once as you walk through the side walks of Venice. Make sure you hitch a ride either, if not on a gondola than on the vaporetta.

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Pinellas Park, Florida

The canal is beautiful. I recommend taking a public-transit ferry so you can see the whole canal from the water, and it only costs a few euros per ticket.

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Calgary, Canada

The views from the Grand Canal can be enjoyed for the price of a vaporetto ticket. Crossing the canal on foot also offers great views.

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Melbourne, Florida

Think of the Grand Canal of Venice, as you would think of any Main Street in any large American City. While those American cities relied primarily on automobiles to get around, in Venice, the principal means of transportation has always been the boat. The boats used in the early days were the gondolas, and about four hundred or so exist to this today. In years past there were tens of thousands of gondolas in use navigating the Venezian Canals.

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Munich, Germany

The Grand Canal is the main waterway that leads through Venice. I think you can get the most beautiful view at Grand Canal from Rialto Bridge, when it's getting dark and they turn on the lights. It's beautiful, like on a postcard!

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Reading, UK

A must see in Venice. If you fancy a ride in a Gondola, catch one of the Traghetti (Public Gondolas) that cross the canal

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San Francisco, California, USA

The Grand Canal is a busy busy throughway right through the central of Venice. Watching it in action with boats with goods and gondolas traversing is quite an amazing experience.

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New York City, New York State, USA
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As transport in Venice is only done through water, Grand Canal is the city's major water-traffic corridor. Public transportation is provided by the vaporetti (very expensive for non-locals, 7 euro one trip) and private water taxis, as well as the famous gondolas for tourists. For those traveling to other cities close to Venice, lookout for Santa Lucia railway station at one of the ends of the canal.

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