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.