Canale Grande
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  • Marla7
    Naas, Ireland805 contributions
    Picturesque
    The Canale Grande is not as big as you might be led to believe by the name, but it is a very picturesque area of Trieste. You will definitely find yourself crossing it many times when you visit the city. I found it particularly attractive at night, with the lights reflecting on it. There are bars/restaurants with terraces on both sides, the vibe is a bit touristy but I would recommend stopping for a drink or a meal at least once.
    Written August 26, 2022
  • Stewart C
    Chatham, United Kingdom1,005 contributions
    Definitely come here if you are walking around the city.
    We visited the Grand Canal in Trieste whilst on a one day stop in the city on a Monday in June. Arriving on a cruise ship, we had opted to take a guided walk of the city and this area was on the route. The Grand Canal was originally a harbour area for the city, and the local souvenir shops sell postcards showing what the area was like in the early 20th century. These days it is a short canal with small pleasure craft on it and crossed by road bridges. On the day of our visit the water filled with some very large jelly fish. Being in the city centre, the area is very busy with traffic so if you are taking pictures keep a keen eye out for vehicles if you stray into the road. Near one of the bridges is a statue of James Joyce the Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, and literary critic chiefly famous for his wok ‘Ulysses’. Definitely come here if you are walking around the city.
    Written July 18, 2022
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,663 contributions
    an attractive feature of Trieste
    When one hears 'Canal Grande' the thoughts will immediately go to the S-shaped and almost 4km long waterway in Venice. The city of Trieste though also has a Canal Grande, only about 200m long, but very much a place worth lingering to enjoy its atmosphere. It is a part of the rectangular quarter Borgo Teresiano, built at the orders of Austrian Empress Maria Teresia. Unlike the one in Venice the Canal Grande here is purely man-made and it was constructed to allow large sailing ships to load and unload their merchandise as centrally as possible. Made in the mid-18th century under supervision of a Venetian engineer, it came into disuse, so that the swing bridges were then replaced by fixed bridges and the last part covered to make room for today's Piazza Sant'Antonio Nuovo. Today there are just small boats moored on both sides of the canal. What makes this short waterway special are the grand palaces on both sides and the church of Sant'Antonio Nuovo with its neoclassical façade at its end. On the southern side is also the Serbian Orthodox Church of St.Spyridon. Three bridges are crossing today the canal. In the middle is the 'Ponte Rosso' with a statue of James Joyce.
    Written October 26, 2020
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LynneManchester
Stalybridge, UK256 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A small canal quite close to the seafront. It was interesting to watch the large jellyfish in the water. The sides of the canal are lined with some good places to eat along with ice cream shops. It was fairly busy during the evening's we were there with families, couples, dog walkers and some younger people. There is a good atmosphere and it's a good place to pass the time. At the top of the canal is a big church.
Written May 21, 2022
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MaiTai
Montreal, Canada1,776 contributions
Aug 2020
There’s not much bad I can write about this area of Italy. It a charming town and this is one of its main attractions. It’s centrally located and always full of life. I enjoyed my stay here and felt the history walking Theo this area. Must visit
Written August 20, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,845 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Located in the heart of the historic old town, not far from Piazza Unita, the Canale Grande is a small waterway that has existed since 1700 to allow direct access to the center city by ships and unload their cargo. The canal extends from Riva Tre Novembre to Via S. Spiridione and ends at Piazza Sant'Antonio Nuovo and Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Taumaturgo. A nice area for a pleasant stroll and enjoying the surrounding cafe bars and restaurants. The canal was one of the nerve centers of Trieste's commercial hub. Its banks are still lined with the squares, churches and historic cafés built by the merchants who made the city great. Some of them are, Palazzo Gopcevich, now the home of the Schmidl Museum Theater and the Photo Library of the Civic Museums, Palazzo Carciotti, Piazza Ponterosso, Piazza Sant'Antonio, built on the in-filled canal section in 1934, the Serbian Orthodox Church of San Spiridon, the Church of St. Anthony of Taumaturgo, and the historic Stella Polare café. In this area, the Fairs and Exhibitions are often held. Atmosphere is always pleasant.
Written June 15, 2019
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Marcopac
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy4,593 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
You have to go see it. Walking here is very pleasant, even drink a coffee is a really good feeling..
Written August 28, 2015
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,339 contributions
Dec 2019
We found Trieste's Grand Canal to be far from big. It is fairly narrow and only about 650 feet long, but it makes a large contribution to an extremely pretty area of the city. Small motor boats are moored by both banks; and bars, cafes and squares flank the clear water. We enjoyed wonderful views of the canal from the Ponte Rosso, a short span that has been around in one form or another since 1756.

This small bridge holds a bronze statue of writer James Joyce on its North side. Life-size, the work accurately captures his likeness, based on the photos I have seen. He lived on and off in Trieste for 11 years and wrote chapters of his famous "Ulysses" here. Ponte Rosso also offers lovely photo ops of the canal and its immediate area, including Chiesa di Sant'Antonio on the canal's Western end.

The Grand Canal -- the city's only canal -- came into existence as part of a project to enlarge channels to the sea, thus allowing ships easy access to various warehouses for loading and unloading. No other canals were completed, and this one can no longer accommodate ships.

Easy to find, the canal runs East/West in the city center near the main square.
Written November 30, 2020
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Piotr M
Warsaw, Poland961 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
the canal is a very good idea, as it stretches from the sea into the center of the city, with restaurants and markets on both sides of it
Written September 1, 2016
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carolsJ7386WE
Greenwich, CT35 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Lovely canal with colorful boats surrounded by restaurants. Pretty at day but most beautiful by night.
Written July 29, 2016
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Z..
Dubai, United Arab Emirates150 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
went there with a few classmates and spent around a week in Venice.
the small alleyways, the canals and the friendly atmosphere makes this city a must see one.
though the night life dies not make it to the level of other European cities, the small bars are quite nice and very homey like.
Written March 30, 2015
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Arriving by train we made an initial stop here for coffee on a sunny day. There are a number of cafe's that line each side of this rather "tongue is cheek" named waterway making it a very relaxed and picturesque spot. The two stone bridges that cross the Canal have been complimented by a pedestrian bridge since our last visit and standing at the sea end of the Canal there are great photographic opportunities looking towards the Sant' Antonio Church at the far end. One unusual feature is the excellent, larger than life statue of James Joyce (A past resident) shown beginning to cross one of the bridges. A great place to relax.
Written May 21, 2014
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Azadeh2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
This small canal (although it's called "grande") brings such a delight when one passes by it during a city walk. Not only has it some of the most beautiful monuments in town around it, the view toward the sea is just magnificent and some of the best restaurants are located near it. It is a great spot for photography. Around Christmas time there are some small markets there too.
Written March 25, 2014
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