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Grand Canal

The Canal Grande snakes through the city of Venice in a large S shape, traveling from the Saint Mark Basin on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia rail station on the other. This ancient waterway measures 3,800 meters long and ranges from 30 to 90 meters wide. In most places, the canal is approximately 5 meters deep. The canal is an ancient waterway, lined with buildings - about 170 in all - that were mostly built from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

Most were constructed by wealthy Venetian families. The majority of the city's traffic cruises up and down the canal, be it private boats, vaporetti (water buses), water taxis or the famous gondolas. Foot traffic gathers around three famous bridges that cross the canal: the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Degli Scalzi, and the Ponte dell'Accademia. A fourth, modern (and controversial) bridge was recently added not far from the Scalzi bridge: the Calatrava Bridge.

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Excursions

Gondola + serenada (PRIVATE)
A “promenade” by gondola (about 30 minutes), the famous and elegant way to cross the Grand Canal. From the embarkation point you get on this s...
GONDOLA RIDE EXPERIENCE (SIC) 30 min
Taking a Venice Gondola Ride Tour of Venice is one of the quintessential city sightseeing tours of Venice by boat for the first-time visitor. The Gondola is as unique as Venice itself, their crescent-shaped hulls and their forcole that allow the Gondelieri to position their oars in many different ways are the secrets to how these long and slender crafts can navigate the narrow and intricate network of waterways of Venice. On our small Group Venice Gondola Ride you'll visit parts of the city that are only accessible by this means of transport, and as you glide silently along these inviting waterways, dominated by soaring and majestic Venetian Palaces you'll be transported back in time to when the main means of transportation for Venetian nobility were these vessels. Small group Gondola ride boat tours of Venice offer the most economical way of enjoying the quintessential experience in Venice Sighteeing tours. The Gondola is as unique as Venice itself, their crescent-shaped hulls and their forcole that allow the Gondelieri to position their oars in many different ways are the secrets to how these long and slender crafts can navigate the narrow and intricate network of waterways of Venice. On our Gondola Ride boat tours of Venice you'll visit parts of the city that are only accessible by this means of transport. Glide through the evocative narrow back canals of San Marco, dominated by towering palaces and punctuated by delicate bridges to travel back in time and experience Venice as the Venetians did when the Gondola was the main means of transportation in Venice. The route of our Gondola Ride Boat Tours of Venice features some of the following sightseeing attractions of the city; the glorious Baroque Salute Church that was built to commemorate the end of Venice's most severe and devastating plague, the La Fenice Opera House, the Guggenheim Museum & Peggy Guggenheims former home, the ill-fated Ca' Dario Palace, the beautiful San Moise Church, Mozarts home in Venice and numerous magnificent Gothic/Byzantine Palaces that echo the great prosperity that Venice; the Venetians once enjoyed during the times of the Serenissima Republic.
Romantic gondola ride for two (PRIVATE)
Romantic venice gondola ride for two: enjoy a 30-minute relaxing journey through the tranquil canals of Venice, away from the tourists and see Venice ...
Special evening in Venice: Venetian savors and Legends and ghosts of Venice (SIC)
The tour foresees an expert tour guide accompanying you through the Venetian “calli” (streets) to discover the local Venetian “Bacari” (ba...
Tour discover Venice and Gondola Ride (SIC), 1hr45min
The only way to visit the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice off the beaten track and where time seems to have stood still centuries ago. You w...
Tour to the Islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello (SIC), 4 hr
A cruise in the Lagoon is an educational as well as enjoyable experience, a new and different way to see Venice off the most beaten tracks by the mass...
Venice in One day including Boat (GROUP)
If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tou...
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