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.
Tours To Canal Grande
Venice Super-Saver: Doge’s Palace, Walking Tour & Grand Canal Boat Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $143
Duration: 5 hours
Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $145
Duration: 2 hours
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $152
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Canal Grande Reviews
A wonderful hour-long spectacle of beauty, architecture, and bustling human activity of all sorts as you sail down the Canal Grande, artery carrying the lifeblood of this marvellous, truly unique... more »
In times of Corona it was very relaxing! Please have a talk with the Gondoliere, they have amazing stories to tell, more than the usual touristy comments! more »
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Amazing! Definitely created goosebumps upon first site!!!
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