Grand Canal

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Venice’s famous canal winds through the city and brings you to nearly all of its world-famous attractions. Hop in a gondola or vaporetto to take it all in!

The Grand Canal is Venice’s famous S-shaped thoroughfare. On any given day you can hear the splashing of the oars of the gondolas that slowly traverse the city just as they have done for centuries. A trip in a gondola is almost unavoidable because there are very few sidewalks along the canal, and the backs of the Floating City’s buildings drop straight into the water. A more modern and faster way to see the Grand Canal, and the main tourist attractions alongside it, is by vaporetto (water bus). For a simple crossing, take a traghetto, a ferry on which you remain standing for the duration of the short trip.

You can travel the entire two-mile (four-kilometer) length of the Grand Canal by boat, passing the many fine palaces and churches that line its banks. See examples of the impressive architectural styles that give Venice its charm. Among the more than 170 landmark buildings is the Gothic palace Ca’ d’Oro, the baroque Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Renaissance-style Palazzo Dario. Several agencies offer tours that will explain the history of these buildings in detail, a great way to get an overview of Venice. If you’d rather explore at your own pace, hire a private gondola and punt your way along the calm waters.

Be sure to pause at the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic sights. It’s the oldest of four bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The other bridges are the Ponte degli Scalzi, the Ponte dell’Accademia, and the ultra-modern, and controversial, Constitution Bridge.

Come on the first Sunday in September for the spectacular Regata Storica, when locals dressed in 16th-century costumes race decorated boats. The Grand Canal is Venice’s “main street,” central to all that goes on in the city. It is common practice to barter with the gondoliers when arranging your canal trip.

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Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE, 30124
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The price is $99 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
$99
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Jan 31 - Feb 1
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,029 reviews)
old world modern
"conveniently located and a pleasant hotel. Bathrooms were newly renovated and very modern.Breakfast was adequate and with a good selection."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco 1107, Calle del Cavalletto, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $100 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$100
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Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,026 reviews)
A Brits' view of a glory passed, but sparkles !!!
"An oldfashion hotel remembering the times of glory, but clean, friendly, with very proficient staff."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice, 30123
The price is $126 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$126
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Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,011 reviews)
"staff here was beyond amazing every day every shift"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Palazzo Veneziano
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Unahotels Ala Venezia - Adults Only
Unahotels Ala Venezia - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
San Marco 2494, Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, VE, 30124
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Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
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4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco 1107, Calle del Cavalletto, Venice, VE, 30124
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Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice, 30123
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Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE, 30124
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Hotel Saturnia & International
Hotel Saturnia & International
4.5 out of 5
San Marco 2398 - Via XXII Marzo, Venice, VE, 30124
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Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
4 out of 5
San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto, Venice, VE, 30124
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Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE, 30124
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Venice Maggior Consiglio
Venice Maggior Consiglio
Calle Priuli ai Cavalletti 73/74, Cannareggio, Venice, 30121
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Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
4.5 out of 5
San Marco. Corte dell'Albero 3878/A, Venice, VE, 30124
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
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