Canal Grande, Venice

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    Sightseeing on the Grand Canal

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    One of the best ways to see the wonderful palazzas along the grand canal is to take a vaporetto ride. Grab a seat with a view near the end of the line and enjoy a ride up or down the length of the canal. The ticket will cost you 6.50 Euro, if you don't have a pass, and is a great way to relax and see the sites.

    Give yourself a second treat and take the same ride at dusk or after dark for another perspective of the palazzi when they're lit up.

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    The Surreal Grand Canal

    by LostBoyPN Updated May 28, 2010

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    If ever there was a "pinch me, am I really here" moment, the Grand Canal is it.

    REVISED for 2010: No revision necessary for that statement. Yes, I'd been there before and gone down the Grand Canal. But it's not any less surreal or magnificent. Muscle your way to the front of the Vaparetto to one of the few seats on either side of the boat and you're in for a treat. The pics and video I took from here may be the best photo memories I've captured on this trip. Just remember to put down the camera a few times and simply enjoy the beauty and splendor of this marvel. There's nothing like the Grand Canal in the world. Enjoy it.

    One of the old palaces (from 2000)
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    GrANDE Canal tour- A must!

    by AusPinay Written Apr 23, 2010

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    As the main attraction of Venice is its canals,it is only expected to experience fully the canal scene via a gondola ride - through the grande canal!

    We walked a couple of hours from Piazzale Roma after riding a bus from our hotel using a pre-paid daily ticket for the four of us.

    Then after the exhaustion from the heat of the daym we decided to ride the gondola- paid 100 euros for the privilege! This sounded a bit steep but we were really tired so we opted for this tour. our gondolier was friendly enough and told us a lot of facts about Venice itself. He said Venice has more than 180 canals and he would to take us to some of the smaller ones before going through the main Grande Canal which is the centre of the main island of Venice. The canals are accessible by foot via its more than 400 bridges accdg to Matin.

    Built for the nobility of Venice in the olden days, each gondola costs about 35,000 euros accdg to Matin oir gondolier. he said the gondola was mnade alkso for thre nobility- particularly the owners of the Doge Palace which is in the Grande Canal.

    We sailed through various historical buildings- artistic, culturally and socially important part of Venetian society.

    It is not to be missed. As, what's the point of going to canal-packed Venice if you will not try sailing through its waters? Ciao for now!

    the boys enjoying the gondola ride grande canal, Venice in one of the smaller canals (180 of them) the gondolas on one of 400 + bridges
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    Ca' Vendramin Calergi

    by MM212 Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    Considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance-style palazzi in Venice, Ca' Vendramin Calergi was designed by the architect Mauro Codussi and completed in 1509. It was commissioned by the Loredan family, but was sold and changed hands numerous times in the following centuries. Among them are the Vendramin-Calergi families whose names remained attached to the palazzo. Nowadays it serves as il Casinó municipale di Venezia. It is overlooking the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio sestiere.

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    Ca' Da Mosto

    by MM212 Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    One of Venice's oldest surviving palazzi, Ca' Da Mosto was built in the 13th century by the Da Mosto family. Originally, the palazzo was composed of two floors, the canal level and the piano nobile, both of which have conserved the Veneto-Byzantine arches which were typical for that period. During a later-period restoration, the two top floors were added, and between the 16th and 18th centuries, the building was converted into what became Venice's most famous hotel, l'Albergo Leon Bianco. The palace is currently empty awaiting restoration.

    Ca' da Mosto (on the left hand side)
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    Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

    by MM212 Updated Sep 8, 2009

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    This unique Renaissance style palace, Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, lies adjacent to Ponte di Rialto, right on the Grand Canal. It was built in 1528 by the architect Giuglielmo dei Grigi as the seat of the Camerlenghi, the magistrates running the Venetian Treasury. Unusual for Venice, the edifice is detached from other buildings and follows an octagonal plan with not a single façade, but a decorated exterior that follows the length of the building. At the time of its construction, the palazzo was covered in coloured decorations, much of which has faded over time. The interior of the palace once possessed some of Venice's richest collection of artwork, which was removed during the Napoleonic occupation. Only some of this artwork was returned to Venice, though placed in buildings and museums other than its original home. Nowadays, il Palazzo dei Camerlenghi serves as a government building.

    Palazzo dei Camerlenghi
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    Palazzo Falier Canossa

    by MM212 Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Overlooking the Grand Canal, this somewhat modest palazzo was built in the 14th century. Its distinctive features are the two side wings extending from the main palazzo to the Canal, which are original, despite an early 20th century restoration. The piano nobile (main floor) of the palazzo contains a loggia made of a row of Venetian Gothic arches over Corinthian columns. Palazzo Falier Canossa is still a private residence to this day.

    Palazzo Falier Canossa (Apr 09) Palazzo Falier Canossa (Nov 05)
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    Ca' Foscari

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Overlooking the Grand Canal, Ca' Foscari is one of the largest and most important of Venetian palazzi that are built in the gotico fiorito style. The palazzo was completed around 1450 for the doge Francesco Foscari, but was eventually acquired by the municipality of Venice before it was turned into an educational establishment, the Scuola Superiore di Commercio. It is adjacent to Palazzo Giustiniani, which was built in a similar architectural style.

    The fa��ade of Ca' Foscari (Nov 05) Another view taken in Nov 05 Ca' Foscari on the right (Apr 09)
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    Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Built in the 15th century, Palazzo Loredan is a typical gotico fiorito palace located in Dorsoduro, overlooking the Grand Canal. It is distinguished by the double coat of arms added to its façade during the Renaissance period. In the 18th century, the doge Francesco Loredan gave the palazzo to the ambassador to the Holy Roman Empire, hence the inclusion of "dell'Ambasciatore" in its name. Nowadays, the palazzo is a private residence.

    Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore (Nov 05)
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    Palazzo Garzoni

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Located in the San Marco sestiere, overlooking the Grand Canal, Palazzo Garzoni is identifiable by the coat of arms on the third floor. It was built in the 15th century, but the top floor was added in the 16th century. The palazzo had remained empty for a while, though it was recently purchased by the Università di Ca'Foscari.

    Palazzo Garzoni (Apr 2009) Palazzo Garzoni (Nov 05) Another photo taken in Nov 05
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    Palazzi di Venezia

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    No city in the world boasts a larger collection of sumptuous palaces than does Venice. Erected mostly during the apogee of the city-state of Venice between the 13th and 16th centuries, these palazzi are a testament to the prosperity of la Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia. The grandest palazzi were built on the Grand Canal by influential merchant families made wealthy through Venetian trade around the Mediterranean and with the Orient (i.e., Middle East). Each palazzo is unique and built in one of several distinctive Venetian architectural styles. Byzantine elements are apparent in older palaces, while later ones are either Baroque or Neoclassical in style, though the signature look is Venetian gothic (gotico fiorito) as in the attached pictures (see additional tips in this page and also Travelogues Palazzi di Venezia I, II and III for more examples). Venetian palaces continue to this day to serve as architectural models for mansions around the world.

    Gotico Fiorito, Palazzo Pisani Moretta Venetian Windows Palazzo Corner Contarini dei Cavalli
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    Palazzo Pisani Moretta

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Built in the 15th century, Palazzo Pisani Moretto has long been owned by the Pisani family. It has a distinctive pink façade with beautiful gotico fiorito windows, but it is most famous for its interior paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo. The famous Venetian artist worked on this palace during an 18th century renovation. The palazzo is located on the Grand Canal in the San Polo sestiere, not far from the Rialto.

    Palazzo Pisani Moretta (Nov 05) Another shot taken in Nov 2005
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    Palazzo Corner Spinelli

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Palazzo Corner Spinelli was built in the late 15th century by the architect Mauro Codussi, whose most famous work is la Torre dell'Orologio. This palazzo is also known as Palazzo Lando Corner Spinelli, which traces its initial ownership to the doge Lando. It has distinctive Renaissance-Romanesque style windows, overlooking the Grand Canal in the San Marco sestiere.

    Palazzo Corner Spinelli (Nov 05) Distinctive windows
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    il Canal Grande

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    The Grand Canal meanders through Venice like a river. It is the city's widest canal and a showcase of many of its greatest palazzi with the most elaborate façades. It is crossed only by three bridges, the most famous of which is Ponte di Rialto. The best way to see the canal and its architectural masterpieces is to take the vaporetto (public ferry) from the southern tip of the canal to the railway station at the northern end. This is a MUST for first time visitors to Venice! For a more romantic (and expensive) ambiance, you may choose to take a private boat ride. Many of the Grand Canal's palaces are described in tips further below, and others are included among the photos in the travelogues: Palazzi di Venezia I, II and III.

    Grand Canal at Sunset (Nov 05) Grand Canal by Night (Nov 05) Fog Rising Above the Grand Canal (Nov 05) Gondola Crossing the Canal (Nov 05) View of the Canal from the Rialto (Nov 05)
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    Palazzo Grimani

    by MM212 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Completed in 1575 in the Renaissance style by architect Michele Sammichelli, Palazzo Grimani was the residence of Venice's doge Antonio Grimani. It remained the residence of the Grimani family until around 1800, but is now occupied by the Corte d'Appello (Appeals Court, part of which is also housed in Palazzo Corner Contarini dei Cavalli). This palazzo is located in San Marco, overlooking il Canal Grande, near Ponte di Rialto.

    Full view of Palazo Grimani (Apr 09) Palazzo Grimani (Nov 05)
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