Grand Canal

Canal Grande, the Grand Canal or in Venetian - Canalasso, is the biggest canal in Venice. It’s the main transportation route and the most beautiful ‘street’ in the city. If you want to see the beautiful buildings shining over water during the night - drive through this canal. These buildings accurately present the wealth and development culmination Venice had during the history.

About Grand Canal

The art lovers will find plenty of treats for themselves - gallery Academia, church Santa Maria Gloriosa, churches of St Giovanni and St Paolo - Venetian Pantheon, Golden House, which construction was ordered by famous Venetian family Contarini - known for the big number of Venetian doges coming from it. Palace Ca Rezzonico is a baroque building situated on the right side of Grand canal, today is home of Venice museum dating back to 18th century. Don’t miss out on collection of Peggy Guggenheim in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, showing the most prestige works of modern art.

A huge Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in the 15th century replaced a smaller church on the same site, which was derived from 1250. The interior of the basilica hides a fortune: there are masterpieces of Titian and Giovanni Bellini, Donatello statue and many other important works of art.

Grand Canal is the main traffic arteries and "artery" of Venice dividing the city into two parts. To move from one side to another, Venetians built bridges, including the famous and most important one - the Rialto from the 16th century. A little later they built the Bridge of Sighs, in order to connect the Doge's Palace with the new prison building. After the final judgment prisoners passed this bridge breathing fresh air for the last time. They say that no one managed to escape from there, except for the famous adventurer and lover Casanova.

Rialto Bridge is one of the best places in the city from which you can see Grand Canal with all its charms. It was originally made of wood, but it collapsed in 1940, so they built a new one, with special mechanism for moving the central part for the passing boats.

Most of the public transport in the city takes place on Grand Canal, it’s the traffic channel for a large number of taxi drivers boats, excursion boats and gondolas. The channel starts from the main Santa Lucia, near the railway station, and leads to St. Mark's Square. Shaped in S-shape it divides Venice into two parts. Grand Canal is 3.800 m long, 30 to 90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters.

Very famous Carnival in Venice is the owner of the title of one of the most extravagant in the world. Special festival’s attraction is when gondola rowers compete in the Grand Canal. Crowds that during the last carnival dominated from the Doge's Palace, through St. Mark's Square and on, didn’t take anyone smile off their face.

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