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Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Don't miss it! Make sure you buy a 2 or 3 day water bus ticket, best thing we bought all day. You can use it as many times as you like!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CWMills
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful scenery picture postcard perfect from a boat. Colours are glorious and seeing all of the bridges and gondolas was a real treat.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

We arrived by private water taxi from the airport Wow!!! Highly recommend this experience. Upon entering the Grand canal for the fist time nothing prepares you for the impact. It is simply stunning. What beauty what history.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ray D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Take the vaporetto from piazzale roma and try to get a seat outside in the rear. The best part is when you going under the Rialoto bridge

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

We stayed at the Sina Palazzo hotel which provided an excellent viewpoint from which to view the bustling activity of the Grand Canal.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Joseph R F
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in Venice for only two days. It wasn't enough time. We were just beginning to find our way around, explore and find fascinating little out of the way places, and then we had to leave.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dellwood2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

If this is your first time in Venice, then you have to see it but come and go, there is so much more to this beautiful city. Take the big water taxi around to see if all in one swoop, just find a seat as...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nicc2371
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing place and very beautiful. Doge Palace and St Mark's Basilica dual skip the line tour was good approx €63 each. Gondola ride paid locally €80 for up to 6 people in the day, dearer at night. tip- ask them not to go on Grande...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Roy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very busy waterway that is the life line of Venice, from the small run abouts, the water taxis, gondolas etc. One of the best ways to get around in venice is to use the local "bus" boat, they are cheap and reliable and you...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Alan1402
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The grand canal divides Venice in 2 halves and forms the main artery connecting all important places. The 2 main water bus lines operate along this canal and you can go to all major attractions using them in case you do not want to walk....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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July 16, 2019|
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Response from AndaLibra | Reviewed this property |
Hello, 1 - you can purchase ticket on the spot, there is a ticket /vending machine in most important stations; from our experience a day ticket is better if you intend to ride the vaporetto for several trips 2 - did not... More
May 10, 2019|
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Response from ClaireS_Oregon | Reviewed this property |
I believe this is answered in Rick Steves' guidebook and can surely be found on his website. He's my travel guru.
April 9, 2019|
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Response from AndaLibra | Reviewed this property |
Hello, We also had 72 hour combined pass for museums and transport and we went with number 12 (hope I'm not wrong) to all 3 islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello. You can also arrive to Lido by vaporetto.