Canal Grande, Palazzi (Grand Canal/Palazzi), Venice
Palazzo Barbano is an edifice in Gothic style.
It was built middle of the fifteenth century.
Palazzo Dario was built in the year 1487.
It was a building for Giovanni Dario, secretary of the republic in Constantinople.
The original construction was shaped in Gothic style.
Later, Pietro Lombardo created a renaissance façade to the palace.
The Canale Grande is the most famous waterstreet in Venice. It meanders more than 3,5 km through all six districts of the historic city centre. Only three bridges cross the Canale Grande.
A trip with the vaporetti (water buses) #1 or #82 from the train station (Ferrovia) to St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) offers scenic views of the historic facades along the Canale Grande.
Favorite thing: Ca' d'Oro is the most outstanding gem of Venetian Gothic architecture. Gothic arches embroider the facade of the noblest of the Venetian mansions, which the locals called House of Gold. It is named after the multicolored decorations on the marble, once covered with gilding.
Crossing the Canal Grande is like going back through centuries of history. For example, the Renaissance palaces stands close to the late gothic or Baroque ones. The names of Doges and centuries of art are inextricably linked here.
Canal Grande looks always very bussy, hundreds of boats and gondolas pass by no metter if dawn or late night. Crowds of people stand immovably on Ponte Rialto or around it trying to snapshot the picture of their life.
Winding through the multitude of tiny islands that are Venice, the Grand Canal looks like a giant "S" from the air. It seems almost more like a river than like the other canals, since it's so much wider than most. Beautiful frescoed and marbled palaces of Venice's old aristocratic families line both sides of it, along with other famous landmarks like Santa Maria della Salute church, the Accademia, and the Rialto Bridge. Only three bridges cross it, with a fourth soon to come.
Fondest memory: One of my favorite memories is sitting outside in the fresh air on the #1 vaporetto going slowly down the Grand Canal, taking in the beauty of the water and the architecture all around.
Especially along the Canal Grande are the most beautiful buildings and palazzo's. The best thing to do for having a good look at all those palazzos is to take the vaporetto.
But I also liked to sit along the Canal Grande and have a look at the palazzos from there, including all the boats passing by.
The terrace of the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Dorsoduro from where I took this picture, is such a nice place to sit and look to the nice surroundings.
Favorite thing: This was our water bus as it pulled into the station, I was hoping the other boat would pull out before we clobbered it. If you have never boarded a boat before, it can be in interesting test of balance and timing. As the station sways to the pace of the waves hitting it, the boat also rocks to its own rythm, one is going up and down and a little back and forth, while the other is to and fro with a little down and sideways. At this point you need to step from one to the other, well good luck...I think they will fish you out of the Grand Canal if you "miss" that first step ^O^
Favorite thing: Here in the forground you can see one of the many taxi stands along the Grand Canal. You just step off of dry land and put yourself in the hands of the skipper. That little brown boat in the forfront of the picture had a small sign in English "Taxi"..
Favorite thing: During the boatride I kept on shooting photographs... haha had three camera s going: a simple one with zoom, a slr-camera with ordinary lense and a digital camera for less interesting facts..needed my hubby to hand me the wanted camera and occasionaly a filmroll...pffff lol madness!
The Grand Canal is like the main street of Venice. A lot of traffic, boat traffic that is. The buildings and houses along the Grand Canal sit right along the water; some maybe submerged under water. I will never forget the scene in Venice. It is absolutely one of a kind; you won't find this anywhere else in the world.
Boats are like cars in Venice. There are police boats, taxi boats, private boats, commercial boats, and sometimes you can also see the UPS (United Parcel Service) delivery boat.
Favorite thing: This magnificent piece of architecture dates back to 1420. It ws built by a wealthy patrician who hoped it would be the most outstanding palace of Venice. This gothic structure was adorned with gold leaf, vermillion and ultramarine. At one time it was left derelict, but was rescued Franchetti a patron of the arts and it was he who filled this palace with the beautiful art you can see today.
The way to really see the treasures of the Grand Canal is by a Vaporetta (water bus). The main Actv lines are: no. 1, which sails from Piazzale Roma to Lido with lots of stops on the way; it is very slow (it takes half an hour from start to finish).
There are two circular routes, nos. 41(anticlockwise) and 42 (clockwise) which travel around the whole of the city from San Zaccaria to Piazzale Roma via Giudecca, Cimitero and Murano. There are also nos. 51 and 52: they travel as far as Lido with fewer stops; the 82 also leaves from Lido to Rialto and finally arrives at San Zaccaria stopping at Giudecca, Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto and Ferrovia.
I'm sure those directions are quite confusing, I will try to find a map which shows the routes, that would be much easier to follow.
This great 'road of water' is the most beautiful street in Venice. You can glide along the Grand Canal and be surrounded by the most opulent architecture. The atmosphere is absolutely unforgettable. To meander along the canal is literally to take a journey through Venetian history.
Take 'Vaporetto' no. 1 (waterbus) from Piazzale Roma to San Marco and enjoy the Grand Canal with its many and beautiful palazzi.
Favorite thing: As soon as we hopped off the train we jumped on a Vaporetto, Venice's version of mass transit, to our hotel. I couldn't believe my eyes. We were really in Venice, and I was literally on the Grand Canal, Venice’s super highway. There were boats everywhere and not a single Vespa to be seen. Was I dead? Was this heaven?
Favorite thing: The Grand Canal is clearly the center of life in this remarkable city. Hotels and palaces still line its waterfront. Some of the changes that Venice has undergone through the centuries might be observed by the varying arches in windows and doorways, reflecting Byzantine influences and other styles from the Levant.