Slightly more than three kilometers long and between thirty and seventy meters wide, the Grand Canal and connects at various points with a maze of smaller canals. These waterways carry the bulk of Venetian transportation.
More than one hundred and seventy buildings along the Canal Grande, many of them palazzi, and most of these were built between the 13th and 18th century and quite all open directly onto the canal, making their fronts accessible only by boat.
The Rialto's bridge
The Rialto is the oldest of the four bridges to span the Grand Canal, which divides the city in two. Completed in its current incarnation in 1591,
the Rialto is one of Venice’s attractions and it’s even mentioned by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice.
Perfect Template for Creative People
- Take the vaporetto 1 from the station or from San Marco's stop.
- Go early if you do it during the week-end, it is one of the favorite day trip of the people from the region.
- The boat tickets are clearly expensive, you will find differents offers from 24 hours to a weekly ticket, more affordable.
- The vaporetto service is working even during the night, and see the Canale Grande by night is just amazing...
- Don't picnic in Venice. It is not allowed.
- Don't feed the pigeons. (That's illegal, too.)
- Don't be alarmed if you see water oozing out of the drains. (Parts of the Venice often get wet during high tide, usually during winter.)
- Walk on the right side of the streets, always! The locals are not in holidays...
- Don't stop on the bridges, they important part of the circulation and it's illegal. Well, if you see you are not preventing the traffic, stay the time to admire the view and make some photos. Then, leave the bridge free. The locals will thank you!