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  • Address: Venice, Italy
  • Hours: Open 24 hours every day
  • Admission: Free

The Grand Canal is the main street of Venice. Lined with beautiful, if aging, palazzo, you can hop aboard a gondola and imagine a time when these boats were the main means of transport (once there was 10,000 now there are 400). The impressive palazzo, homes to all the wealthy families, had highly decorated exteriors with colorful paintings and mosaics. These days they tend to have faded to one color but many still have the ornate, oriental facades influenced by the merchant trading with the East which made Venice rich.

Only a few bridges cross the Grand Canal: the Accademia Bridge, the Rialto Bridge and the bridge near the station at Ferrovia. Stand on these and watch boats pass by filled with fruit and vegetables, slabs of soft drink, building materials etc because Venice is still a city without cars and everything the city needs has to be transported by water or handcart.

Practical Info

The best way to see the Grand Canal is from on the water. Catch a vaporetto (ferry) sit out the front and take in the sights. Vaporetto 1, 82, N also 3 and 4 go along the canal. Gondolas are more atmospheric but much more expensive. Get a map naming the palazzos you pass.

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Glorious Grand Canal Tour, Venice, null
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Glorious Grand Canal Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Glide along Venice’s most famous waterway on a luxurious journey along the Grand Canal. The glamour of Venice. Momentous palaces brimming with stories of ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.94
Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride, Venice, Day Cruises
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Enjoy a walking tour of the city to discover its treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets and then hop aboard a classic Venetian ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.02
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

4 star rating: Recommended 1987 Reviews

Waft by the beautiful sights of Venice on a 35-minute shared gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. Select an afternoon or evening trip, be welcomed aboard ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.75
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

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Soak up the romance of Venice on a 35-minute private gondola ride! The elegant gondola boat seats between 2 and 4 people, meaning it’s a perfect intimate ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.31
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

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For the quintessential Venetian experience, take a serenaded gondola ride on the canals of Venice, followed by lunch or dinner – depending on your afternoon or ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.86
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Take an exciting and tasty 4-hour food experience through Venice city center around the Rialto bridge and market area. Lots of food, wine and sightseeing led ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.77
Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride, Venice, ... 
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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride

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If you only have a short time to explore Venice this tour is your perfect all-inclusive ticket to the top attractions of the city. Follow one of the expert, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $136.43
Venice Gondola Experience, Venice, Walking Tours
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Venice Gondola Experience

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 54 Reviews

A gondola ride is the most enchanting and unique way to explore Venice and experience its unique atmosphere.

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.83
Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour

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The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.39
Venice-in-a-Day Combination Tour Package, Venice, Day Cruises
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Venice-in-a-Day Combination Tour Package

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Combined tour consisting of a gondola ride of 30 minutes in a shared gondola (up to 6 people per gondola) along the Gran Canal, a guided walking tour of two ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $147.34

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