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“A magnificent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Canal Grande

Canal Grande
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Glorious Grand Canal Tour
Ranked #1 of 610 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
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“A magnificent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

I visited Venice on a day-trip boat excursion from where I was staying on holiday in Croatia, in Sept 2012.

Venice was a truly magnificent sight-seeing experience, and lived up to al my expectations. Upon coming into port, and walking along the quayside on approach to the Grand Canal, was like nothing I had experienced before. I had heard the stories, and seen video and TV footage, but it had to be seen to be believed.

Seeing the vast expanses of water and multiplicity of vessels, from gondolas to catamarans to canopied sight-seeing boats, etc., was a unique and magnificent experience, despite the fact that I visited on a dull, overcast day.

If you are ever in the vicinity of Venice, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Grand Canal.

Visited April 2013
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“Wonders of Venice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

A great place to spend time on or just walking by always something to see and watch . The water bus is the cheapest and easiest way to get around good selection of tickets available to buy singles or multi use

Visited March 2014
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“You can't miss it - but see it from the Rialto, from L'Academia or your hotel balcony.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

The artery of Venice - hustling, bustling boats - a hive of activity as gondolas mix with vaporettos, motor launches of every type, freight barges - you name it, it's all on the Grand Canal vying for position under the bridges - but in a typical Italian tolerant way. And the way the buildings just disappear into the water displaying their grandeur both directly and in reflections.

Visited February 2014
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“What a jewel of baroque and Gothic style Venetian architecture on the canals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

That was quite a thing, when I after twenty years, since I've been in Italy in 1970 (Rome, Florence, Bologna, Venice), again journeyed to the Apennines peninsula. This time, the itinerary was to the three cities in the lower part of Italy(I mean in the sense of altitude), whose valleys there, make the great river Po and its tributaries, that are Venice,Padua and Verona.
First came Venice. I travelled with some touristic agency by bus.
Now, again I found myself on the miraculous Piazza San Marco, filled with tourists,restaurants, cafes, galleries, boutiques and pigeons. In front, there is a everlasting imposant building of the Basilica of San Marco and something nearby the San Marco Campanile, so called, the Clock Tower made of red bricks, from whom the top ,You may have an extraordinary view at some section of Venice Lagoon, as the San Giorgio Maggiore Island and the big La Guidecca Canal.
Another pearl, is right around the corner, as we used to say, and that is the Doge's Palace. The lace of stone,building, is actually the mixture of Byzantine style from Constantinople and Arab influence of Moors from Spain. But if You look more closely across the passage, that leads from the Piazza San Marco, on the opposite side from the Doge's Palace, You'll perceive clearly rennaissance shaped edifice, that is, Patriarcato di Venezia and Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
From the Piazza San Marco, I then headed to the magnificent Grand Canal, and prospecting this water passage with the baroque and rennaissance buildings, emerging from rather greeny waters, I had impression that time stood still and as in some Kingdom, I floated in the gondola guided by the skilled hands of the gondolier. These boats are reallly landmarks of Venice City and with them, You can see a very big piece of the city,starting from Piazza San Marco and finishing by the Central Rail Station, which is through the Via Liberte, connected with the mainland. There are several bridges across the Grand Canal and over the others lesser canals, as well. Most renown is, no doubt, the Ponte di Rialto, with its luxury shops.
Not to forget the Ponte dei Sospiri,in the proximity of the Piazza San Marco, famous by its history of the prisoners, led to the prison and penalty afterwards, who sighed for the last time, when they casted theirs glances on the impassable beauty of Venice.
No wonder they(the film's directors) shooted so many scenes for the movies here and also some novels, poems were written about this magic city.
So much pleased with wish to come over again.

Visited June 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

It's a grand canal, beautiful especially in good weather! Water seems murky but the reflection and unique character is still beautiful

Visited February 2014
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