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The Grand Canal

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy which is abounding with picturesque canals, islands, 13th-18th century houses and many historic building. The Grand Canal in Venice adds an extra charm to the city and is a major attraction for tourists who come from across the world. The canal is also the main thoroughfare that connects the major parts of the city either directly or through small canals. The water channel is in the shape of backward ‘S’, which measures to an approximate length of 2 miles. The 13th-18th century buildings and various types of boats along the banks of the Grande might be a usual sight for the locals but never fails take its visitors by awe.

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If you want to explore the real beauty of the region, the best way to go about it is to take a Grand Canal boat ride. Tourists love to take Gondola rides on the canal, which in turn provide a thorough tour of this beautiful region.

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The Grand Canal features:

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As mentioned earlier, the canal is about approximately 2 miles long, which twirls round the city in the shape of an ‘S’. The waterway also features a total of three bridges, namely the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte dell'Accademia and the Ponte dei Scalzi. One side the canal heads towards the lagoon situated near Santa Lucia railway station and the other side stretch into the Saint Mark’s Basin.

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The Grand Canal tends to get the widest at the Piazza San Marco, where it is approximately 350 feet, which is about double of its normal width. The banks of the canal are lined with beautiful old buildings, which include warehouses, churches, palazzo, splendid palaces and many other spectacular structures. Some of popular tourist attractions along the Grand Canal include International Gallery of Modern Art, Natural History Museum, Santa Maria della Salute and San Marco Piazza. You can also find many churches and palazzos, namely the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Palazzo Barbarigo, Ca' Foscari, Ca d'Oro and the Ca' Rezzonico.

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The Grand Canal attractions also include the gondola rides. These rides are the perfect way to explore the cultural, architectural and natural beauty of Venice. The city has a lot in store for tourists. You can consider professional guided tours around the city to discover its worth. Whichever way you want to explore the city; be it walking, cycling or conducted bus rides, make sure a Grand Canal tour is included in your tour plan.

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With everything Venice offers makes it is a major tourist attraction in itself. A ride along the Grand Canal is an integral part of your Venice tour. It is a beautiful experience and shouldn’t be missed at any cost.