The Grand Canal is a fairly large channel, also known as the Grand Canal or Canalazzo, that provides the vast water traffic of Venice. It adds a nice visual atmosphere to the city with its gondolas and sea transportation vehicles. There is a lagoon near the St. Mark’s Basin on one end and Santa Lucia train station on the other end of this channel, which is curved in an S-shaped Venice. It is said that the length of the big canal is 3,800 meters, its width is between 30 and 90 meters, and its depth is 5 meters.
The Grand Canal in Venice, which consists of hundreds of islands and hundreds of channels between these islands, is about 4 kilometers long.
The canal, which is in the form of an inverted letter S, has around 170 historical buildings on the coast and all of them were built between the 13th and 18th centuries. Today, some of these buildings, which were the houses of the leading families of the city, are used for hotels, some of them are museums and some of them are used for various other purposes. The history of the channel, which attracts a significant part of Venice city traffic, is…
Along the Grand Canal, there are nearly 170 buildings built between the 13th and 18th centuries. It is known that the vast majority of these buildings were built by the wealthy of Venice. Since traffic is provided along the Grand Canal with gondolas, water buses and sea taxis, the places where you can see the channel on foot are limited. You can take a gondola tour along the Grand Canal or take a private sea taxi. It is impossible to complete a city tour without going on a gondola tour in Venice. Because the difference of this city from other cities is that it consists of channels and this is the reason for tourism.
The most important structures you can see along the Grand Canal; Ca d’Oro (Golden House) are structures such as Scalzi, Palazzo Dario and Palazzo Grimani. However, you can easily see many other attractions and important places on this channel. With your gondolas or sea taxis, you can see San Marco Square, Venice’s most popular square, or Murano and Burano Islands, which should be on your list of places to visit in Venice. The traces of the magnificent past of Venice are kept alive every year with shows organized around the canal. The most important of these organizations is Regata Storica held in September and rowing races are held along the Grand Canal.
On the Grand Canal, between Santa Lucia and Palazzo Flangini, Santa Maria di Nazareth Church, Santa Lucia Train Station, La Direzione Compartimentale railways administration building, Palazzo Calbo Crotta Hotel, Palazzo Fiangini, Palazzo Gritti, San Simeone Piccolo Church can be seen. Palazzo del Duca, Ca’Grande, the house of Duke Marin Failer, Palazzo Failer, Casetta della Rose, an old monastery and church, Accademia, Palazzo Dario are located in the region between Ca’Rezzonico – Guggenheim, which started after Accademia.
Places to see between La Salute and San Marco include the world’s first Harry bar Harry’s Bar, the Palace of the Dukes Dogana, Santa Maria della Salute, Punta della Dogana statue, Palazzo Salviati, Palazzo Gritti – Pisani. The most enjoyable way to visit the Grand Canal is to ride the vaporettos working on the channel.
Following the old river bed (a branch of the Brenta River according to rumors), the Grand Canal has been used for the transportation of commercial ships since the Byzantine Period. Naturally, the canal coast has been the most important shopping area of the city for centuries.
In fact, in the following years, the use of the channel and its surroundings for this purpose has never changed, it has only developed further. With the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance, the canal coast, where the wealthy families of the city began to take place, and the mansion, has become a commercial center, as well as a fascinating touristic appearance.