Grand or Great Canal is the main thoroughfare providing for the life of the city. It zigzags through the whole Venice making it possible for tourists to fast, and with no problems, get from either the railway or bus station to the primary tourist attractions of Venice. Also on the Grand Canal you can see police, ambulance and garbage boats, as well as cargo ships – without this canal the life of Venice would have been stopped.

It is believed that the Grand Canal is faced by over a hundred palaces, but this is a clear exaggeration. They are no more than forty palaces on the Grand Canal, and the most famous of them are: Ca d’Oro, Franchetti Palazzo, Ca Rezzonico and Ca Pezaro.

Vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal isn’t only necessary to quickly get from the railway station to the St. Mark`s Square but it is also the most interesting trip making it possible to see Venice in all its beauty, as all houses in Venice are very beautiful.

Apart from a vaporetto ride, you can also admire the Grand Canal from its two bridges: the Rialto Bridge and the Academy Bridge. You are sure to visit the both bridges. The Rialto Bridge is the most beautiful and the oldest bridge in Venice. Near it at the Rialto Market there located the beautiful Ca d’Oro (Golden Palace).

It would be quite interesting to go on foot from the St. Marks Square through to the small pedestrian streets to the Academy Bridge and from it have a classic view of Venice: the Grand Canal with gondoliers, Franchetti Palazzo and Basilica della Salute.

Near the embankment in front of the Doges Palace the Grand Canal flows in the Giudecca Canal. It is there that there are a great number of landings, where various excursion boats are moored.

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View of the Grand Canal, Franketti Palace (Palazzo Franchetti) and the Basilica of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) from the Academy Bridge (Ponte dell`Accademia)
Venetian gondola and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore (Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore)
Venetian gondolas moored in front of the Doge`s Palace
San Giorgio Maggiore island opposite St. Mark`s Square (Piazza San Marco)
St. Mark`s Square and the Doge`s Palace are facing the Grand Canal of St. Mark
Foscari Palace on the Grand Canal
Gondola coming into the Rio di Palazzo running between the Doge`s Palace and the prison
Ocean liners pass by St. Mark`s Square taking farewell of Venice
The Church of St Mary of Health (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute) is at the mouth of the Grand Canal
Gondolas running along the Grand Canal
The mooring on the Riva degli Schiavoni facing the Grand Canal of St. Mark
Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge and fish market
Waterfront of St. Mark`s Square is the favorite tourist place for photographing
Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice
Gondolas at the waterfront in front of the Doge`s Palace
Ocean liner is going by the Doge`s Palace on the narrow Canal of St. Mark
View of the Grand Canal from the Academy Bridge
Typical architectural features of the Venetian houses facing the Grand Canal
Fashionable hotels Excelsior and Danieli on the waterfront near the Doge`s Palace in Venice
Riva degli Schiavoni near the Doge`s Palace
Equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II, the king who united Italy
Waterfront near the Rialto Bridge
Waterfront at the fish market near the Rialto Bridge
Venetian gondolier
Venetian gondolas have a very beautiful dressing
A gondola ride on the Grand Canal