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
$103 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
Duration: 3 hours
$138 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour
Duration: 2 hours
$155 BOOK WITH VIATOR Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Canal Grande reviews
It is just like a huge water highway, always busy and crowdy. There is no chance to miss this fantastic place. more »
Not worth the ride, terrible experience. Better off walking the same journey from the streets. Not to mention better camera shots from streets. On top of that the water stinks and boat rocks... more »
Lose yourself among the tight streets of Venice.
a must when in venice, it’s cheaper with a group!
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