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Grand Canal
Venice is a city built on water, and the Grand Canal (Canale Grande) is its bustling main street. Lined with sumptuous Venetian palaces and crowded with gondolas, water taxis, and vaporetti (public ferries), this thoroughfare is a feast for the senses. The Grand Canal winds its way through the central neighborhoods of Venice from the Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), passing under the iconic Rialto Bridge along the way, and functions as the scenic main artery for transporting both people and goods around the City of Canals.

The Basics
A sail down the Grand Canal is a trip through centuries of Venetian history, as historic palaces dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries rise out of the water along most of the route. Though stretches of the canal are lined with walkways, many of the important landmarks can be seen only from the water, so a small-group Grand Canal boat tour or combination walking-and-canal tour is by far the best way to go. For a historical tour of the canal, opt for a daytime sightseeing tour so you can see the ornate facades of Venice’s famous palaces. For a romantic journey, choose a moonlit gondola ride. And for a truly Venetian experience, opt for a gondola ride with a serenade!

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Grand Canal gondola rides begin or end in St. Mark’s Square, home to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and include a few picturesque minor canals along the way.
  • Alongside Rome and Florence as one of the most popular destinations in Italy, Venice can get extremely crowded. To avoid a long wait at the motor launch, book your Venice tour tickets in advance.
  • The palaces along the Grand Canal have architectural styles that span from the Byzantine to the Renaissance, and are best appreciated with an expert tour guide who can explain their history and importance.
  • Note that Venice and the Grand Canal feature a great number of bridges, many of which are not wheelchair accessible. 

How to Get There
The Grand Canal snakes its way through the center of Venice from the train station to St. Mark’s Square. All of Venice is pedestrian only, so to get from anywhere in the city to the Grand Canal, you must either walk or take a boat.

When to Get There
Venice is lovely all year round, and the Grand Canal is spectacular both by day and night. 

The Islands of Venice
Venice is made up of over 100 small islands, so for a different perspective of this unique city on the water, take a boat tour to one of the quieter outlying islands such as Murano, famous for its glassblowing industry; Burano, known for its lace-making artisans; or Torcello, thought to be the first populated island the in Venetian lagoon.


Address: Venice, Italy
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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti

Dive into the delicious tradition of cicchetti and wine in Venice with this food tour. Get insider tips on where the locals go to eat and find out what Venetian dishes to try. Explore the maritime history of Venice with a knowledgeable guide as you walk through the colorful Rialto Market. See a local butcher, baker and spice shop.
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Romantic Venice in One Day by High Speed including Gondola Ride

Experience Venice from Rome in one day. Leave all of the logistics to the tour organizers and enjoy a full day of exploration with a high-speed train journey to Venice where you explore on your own and then take a romantic gondola ride on the city’s famous canals. Ideal for visitors who are short on time but don’t want to miss Venice.
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Join an unforgettable tour in our family Winery with the winemaker!We are a small Winery boutique in the heart of Valpolicella and we organize activities to share our passion for Valpolicella and Amarone wines with our guests (we offer it directly, without intermediaries or tour operator).We’ll start with a walk in the vineyard, telling you the family history about the winery and the estates. You’ll learn how to dry Amarone grapes in the traditional drying room, a process called Appassimento. You'll visit our rural house and the cellar from the 17th century used for winemaking and refinement. At the conclusion, the tasting of a selection of our fine wines Valpolicella, RIPASSO and the great AMARONE, learning how to evaluate them by sight, smell and taste. You’ll also enjoy our organic EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, local cheeses called Monte Veronese and Soppressa Valpolicella (a kind of salami). We’ll be waiting for you on our amazing terrace with a stunning view of the Valpolicella!
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Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St Marks' Bell Tower and the Mozart House from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

Want to see the Dolomites, tour Venice and save money at the same time? Book this Venice Super Saver, which combines two best-selling tours at a 10-percent discount, and spread your sightseeing over two days. Start with a Dolomites day trip to visit Lake Santa Caterina, the ski village of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain range, and then take a tour of the Venice on the second day. Bypass the entrance lines outside St Mark’s Basilica, explore the city by foot and, finally, finish with a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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Skip the Line: Morning Venice Gondola Ride and Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Enjoy two of the best experiences in Venice with this combined 3.5-hour tour of a morning gondola ride and a walking tour including St. Mark's Basilica. Explore the highlights of Venice on foot during a fascinating walking tour. Relax on a gondola ride through Venice's canals. Marvel at the golden mosaics inside St. Mark's. Do it all with this one combination tour.
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City Tours

Venice Highlights : City tour and Grand Canal boat Experience

Get a true Venetian experience on this 3-hour private tour. Follow your guide around the city and see the famous Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, and the Basilica as you listen to the history of the Italian city. Then take a private boat along the Grand Canal and see the city from a different perspective and how people navigated the city for hundreds of years.
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Venice Grand Canal Gondola Ride

Glide along one of the world's most famous waterways with a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice. Choose from a private or shared ride, and watch passing boats, palazzos, and magnificent Renaiassnce and Baroque architecture from aboard a traditional Venetian gondola. It's a quintessential experience when visiting the ‘Floating City.’
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Luxury Tours

Gondola and Gala Dinner in a Venetian Palace

Feel like Venetian nobility for the night with an evening gondola ride followed by a private, gourmet dinner at a historic palazzo. Soak up the enchantment of the Floating City’s waterways from aboard a classic Venetian gondola, and then step ashore at a mansion overlooking the Grand Canal. Settle into an elegant private dining salon appointed with historic furnishings, where you and your special someone will savor a delicious, 3-course meal of regional cuisine.
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Grand Canal by Gondola with singers & dinner- No queue - with commentary

Experience Venice by Gondola with this romantic cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy skip the line access and admire landmark sites like Teatro La Fenice and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, learn about the legendary city via multilingual app or brochure, enjoy being serenaded by a gondolier, and savor a delicious complimentary meal at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio.
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Grand Canal by Gondola and Secret Venice Tour

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The Romantic Gondola Perfect for Couples on Special Occasions plus Toast Onboard

Amore is the private and romantic gondola tour which lets you discover the true Venice seen from the water... .The most famous one and the most hidden one.The gondolas plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world..They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon … and they are one of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers..With the Amore tour you will see the Grand Canal in all its beauty, and other smaller but very typical and picturesque canals..You will see some of the most beautiful and famous monuments of Venice, but you will avoid the busiest canals and the areas where the waves are very strong..You will be accompanied by an expert Venetian gondolier and you will enjoy this romantic tour for 30 minutes..Sip some good local Prosecco with your honey and toast to your eternal love in a gondola gliding down the canals of the most romantic city in the world :)
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Cultural Tours

Venice from Rome by High Speed Train with Skip The Line to St Mark's Basilica

Maximize time spent in Italy with a daytrip to Venice from Rome via high-speed train. Cruise down the Grand Canal on a water taxi and utilize priority access tickets to skip the line at St. Mark’s Basilica. Climb up to the church’s terraces for a panoramic view over St. Mark’s Square. Complete the daytrip with a guided walking tour including top attractions such as the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

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Venice Gondola Serenade on Grand Canal

Get swept up in the magical atmosphere of Venice on a serenaded gondola ride through the Grand Canal and smaller, more secluded waterways. A professional gondolier steers you in a traditional, hand-carved Venetian boat, while musicians and singers set the mood by performing classic Italian songs right onboard. It’s a timeless way to experience one of the world’s most romantic cities.
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3-Day 2 Nights Exclusive Venice break!

This is an ideal way to get an introduction to Venice. You’ll spend three days exploring the city and learning about its history, monuments, and most beautiful architecture. You won’t have to worry about researching where to stay, as two night’s accommodation is provided with breakfast. A gondola ride along the Grand Canal is included, where you’ll glide past Venice’s palaces, churches, bridges, and monuments. Rather than a strict itinerary, this tour gives you plenty of time to explore Venice independently.
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Venice by Land and Water: Murano Island with Typical Lunch

Get acquainted with Venice's highlights on this small-group tour via water and land. Spend seven hours visiting the city's landmarks such as the Rialto Bridge and San Marco, then take a traghetto gondola ferry over to Murano for a visit to the glass factory. Lunch and round-trip ferry ticket included. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people or fewer.
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Doge's Palace skip the line ticket and marvelous gondola ride

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Hidden Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Discover the magic and mysteries of Venice from two different perspectives on a combo gondola ride and walking tour. Climb aboard a traditional Venetian gondola for a voyage through the Grand Canal and some smaller, atmospheric canals, passing magnificent palazzos and churches along the way. Then, explore the historic area between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge on foot, following a guide through winding backstreets, squares, and marketplaces brimming with character to uncover the hidden stories of Venice.
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Venice Grand Canal Gondola Serenade with Dinner

Surprise your loved one with a romantic evening in Venice by booking a gondola ride serenade, which includes dinner in a traditional Venetian restaurant. You’ll enjoy a shared gondola ride down the famed canals of Venice while being serenaded with traditional Italian music by local musicians. Conclude the evening with dinner in an authentic Venetian restaurant for a truly unforgettable evening in Venice.
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Enjoy the freedom of an independent tour without having to arrange the logistics yourself—and see a number of Italy’s most in-demand cities and tourist destinations—on this flexible, nine-day tour. Stay overnight in Rome, Naples, Florence, and Venice, and enjoy hotel breakfasts each day. Select the option of private car transfers, or join group excursions to Pompeii, the Vatican, the Amalfi Coast, and much more. From ancient landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites to glittering coastlines and bustling cities, get acquainted with the best that Italy has to offer.
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Visit some of Italy’s most beautiful cities on this 8-day tour to Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. See famous landmarks like the Colosseum, the Vatican, the ancient buried city of Pompeii, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much more. Learn about the history, culture, and gastronomy of each city on small-group sightseeing tours as well as a gondola ride in Venice.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Florence to Venice: The Floating City

Spend a day exploring Venice on a full-day tour that travels by luxury coach from Florence. See highlights including the Piazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Palazzo Ducale, and take a gondola ride on the canals (own expense). With a combination of guided tours and free time, you’ll experience the best of the Floating City in one day.
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Cultural Tours

Hop on Hop off Venice: Islands, Canal Grande and walking tours!

Embark on a self-guided walking tour of Venice's most popular islands: Torcello, Burano, and Murano. With a 24- or 48-hour boat ticket included on the public vaporetto, transportation between the islands will be a breeze and you can hop on and hop off whenever you like. Download the app to your phone and move at you own pace, listening to the commentary as you go. Highlights include the Gran Canal, St. Mark's and Rialto areas, the Jewish Ghetto, and others.
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