Canal Grande

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Canal Grande
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Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
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The area
Neighborhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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Michelle B
Noosa, Australia2,668 contributions
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We were able to get onto the water twice during this visit to Venice. The first time was via water taxi from the station to our hotel. The second time was by taking the vaporetto (local water bus) for Euro 7.50 per person. This is the cheapest way to get onto the water. It is crowded as it is used by tourists and locals to travel up and down the water ways. Fairly rough boats but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. On our next visit we will likely do a full circuit. Highly recommended.
Written October 7, 2021
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
When in Venice, a cruise along the Grand canal is a must! You can easily do it by using the "Linea 1" vaporetto line, which takes you from San Marco right until Piazzale Roma. The vaporetto runs every 20 min. (a single ride is 7.5 eur per person) so it is easy to catch a ride both ways. Some of the major attractions on the way are Rialto Bridge & Market, Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell'Accademia), Santa Maria del Giglio Church, Basilica della Salute, Goldoni House, many foreign embassies and ancient palaces.We took the ride close to sunset, which made it even more magical.
Written August 2, 2020
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MoonaMuslim
728 contributions
Unique and a must when visiting Venice.
The Grand Canal (Canałazzo) divides the city in half and is the largest waterway in Venice. In addition to a view of the Grand Canal, a boat trip is required, past the over 100 palaces and under bridges, such as the most famous Rialto Bridge.
There is the possibility to take a water taxi (Vaporetti / Vaporetto), this is cheaper. Or the stylish and romantic gondola rides.

The Grand Canal and a boat trip are definitely a great experience, steeped in history, and allow a great view of the ornate and beautiful buildings and the city.
However, also here - high activity, like on the highway.
Due to the many tourists and queues, it is advisable to book gondola rides and entry to sights online in advance.
Written June 6, 2020
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL119 contributions
Venice is best seen by water. We did this tour shortly after arriving, and it was a great way to absorb the magic and get a sense of bearing. We got on at the train station and listened to the Rick Steves audio tour right at dusk to see a little in the light and a little in the day. It's just stunning!
Written February 17, 2021
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l0ve2travel93
London, UK224 contributions
Couples
The grande canal is a must in Venice and you’d be hard pushed to avoid it.

I recommend getting the public transport water bus. You can buy a 1 day tourist ticket for 21 euros which is essentially like a hop on hop off bus and gives you unlimited use for the day.

We managed to do the grande canal in daytime & nighttime as well as a few other routes. You can also use the same ticket to visit other nearby islands.
Written May 6, 2022
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hellp842
United States279 contributions
We took the water bus after lunch one day and rode up the canal.It was a rainy day ,but we sat outside in the front where the roof extends over you. It gave us a cheap way to see the Grand Canal and enjoy the locals going about their day.
Written April 12, 2022
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jamescollard
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
There are two Venice attractions I always suggest to people who ask me. The second is the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon. The first, which should not be missed, is a trip through the Grand Canal on the #1 vaporetto. I usually visit Venice over a week long stay. And so, to get around I purchase a weekly ticket for the various vaporettos and buses I will use. Which makes the trip on the #1 through the Grand Canal essentially free. You can get on the #1 either at Piazza Roma at one end or at Piazza San Marco at the other end, it doesn't matter as the stops along the way are all the same. This is what tourists come to Venice to see.

I would advise that you plan your trip early in the morning, before the boats become sardine cans of humainity. If you're lucky you can find an empty seat, of the four or six available, at the fantail of the vaporetto. It is a beautiful boat ride and it takes about 90 minutes in all.

Depending on where you are staying, and if you are staying along the Grand Canal you probably cannot avoid it, you should try to avoid the #1 vaporetto as it will take you a long time to arrive at your accommodations. There are other vaporettos that will take you and your suitcases where you need to go much more quickly. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. The Venetians use the vaporettos on a daily basis and they will help you. It is in their interests to have happy tourists.
Written May 29, 2022
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The Reynards
Isle of Wight, UK507 contributions
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Canal Grande, is the main artery of Venice offering the only alternative transport other than walking to get around this wonderful city. It is crossed in only four places so water taxis or the local vaporetti continually ply up and down. The number 1 & 2 are the main vaporetti for this route stopping frequently at most stations, recognised by their yellow markings, at the waterside stations. A trip on the canal really should not be missed, to view the many renaissance palaces which line these waters. A boat tickets cost €7.50, or you can purchase travel cards for varying amounts of time starting @ €20, for one day. There are many gondola stations near to prominent places where gondolas can be hire for a trip on the canal, (€80 for half hour) however in my opinion better views can be obtained from the vaporetti. There are a couple of places along the river where you can catch the local gondola which is basically just a quick canal crossing and it costs €2, but at least you can say you been on a gondola.
Written February 12, 2020
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alantomkins
Lundin Links, UK100 contributions
The water can be choppy, we took a 2 Euro Gondola ferry crossing across, I loved it but my Wife does not have sea legs and you satnd up. I highly recommend you take hte number 2 water bus from St Marco (anti clockwise) or San Zaccaria (clockwise) for 7.50 each. It'sa 75 minute trip and takes you around Dorsodura past the cruise terminals and up (or down) the Grand canel. Amazing views and a cheap trip.
Written January 18, 2020
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R V
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You can save a lot by riding around the Grand Canal on one of the vaporettos (water buses) ans still see everything. There are regular stops along the canal. It is about €20 to ride from the top near tje train station (Santa Lucia) to the bottom, for 2 people or around four times that for a water taxi.
Written February 19, 2020
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