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
€318 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private 3 hrs Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Private 3 hrs Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal
Duration: 3 hours
€45 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride
Duration: 129 to 147 minutes
€38 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
Duration: 30 minutes
€140 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
€36 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
Duration: 50 minutes
€226 BOOK WITH VIATOR Semi Private or Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour Semi Private or Private Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour
Duration: 1 hour
€31 BOOK WITH VIATOR Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice
Duration: 25 to 30 minutes
€94 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner
Duration: 2 hours
€27 BOOK WITH VIATOR Hard Rock Cafe Venice with Set Lunch or Dinner Hard Rock Cafe Venice with Set Lunch or Dinner
Duration: 2 hours
€366 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade
Duration: 35 minutes
€370 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Private Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals
Duration: 2 hours
Canal Grande reviews
We love people watching from the shore, and having wine while the boats go by. The best pasttime in Venice is far niente.
We love people watching from the shore, and having wine while the boats go by. The best pasttime in Venice is far niente. more »
I had a very short time in venice, so I just sat on steps and watched the comings and goings of the gondolas on the canal. It's a definite must-see.
I had a very short time in venice, so I just sat on steps and watched the comings and goings of the gondolas on the canal. It's a definite must-see. more »
Most important "road" in Venice and definitely a must-see. We totally recommend to take the waterbus or watertaxi or a gondola to see the whole Canal Grande. Also having strolls next to the Canal Grande is really, really nice. So if you're in Venice, don't miss it.
Main canal of Venice which connects all other small canals in city. All ferries run through this canal and islands near to Venice are connected through this canal. All ferry stops are in this canal, so we can get to all tourist attractions, train stations and main Venice airport from any of the ferry stops in the canal. Famous bridge like Rialto are over this canal.
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