Along the banks of Grand Canal you can see wonderful palaces and buildings. Taking a tour by boat starting from Piazza Roma you can see: Bridge and Church of the Scalzi; Palace Labia (built in the 18th century); Palazzo Vendramin Calergi (you can recognize it thanks its interesting mix between the Byzantyn and Gothic architecture); Ca' d'Oro (so called thanks its fantastic golden decorations); Ca da Mosto (it was the most important hotel of the town during the 17th and 18th century); Fondaco dei Tedeschi (it was built in the 13th century); Palazzo Mocenigo (it is a fantastic building bult putting together four preexisting noble palaces); Palace Grassi (it was built in the 18th century); Fondaco dei Turchi; Ca' Pesaro; Ca' Foscari; Ca' Rezzonico (it is famous for its wonderful paintings made by Tiepolo, Canaletto, Longhi, Guardi); Palazzo Moro; Palazzo Venier dei Leoni (it hosts the collection of Peggy Guggenheim).
The trip with the vaporetto on the Canal Grande belongs, as absolute must, to every Venice tour.
So, everyone can learn to know the city, from its best sides.
Magnificent palazzi lines the shore of Venice's famous water way, and the numerous stops offer the chance, to view in silence, the buildings, from the boat.
The French former ambasador, Philippe Commines, writed in 1495 about the Grand Canal:
“It is the most beautiful street that one can find in the whole world; it is surrounded by the most beautiful houses, and goes through the whole city.”
The Grand Canal is the main street of Venice, with a length of 3800 m, and a wideness of 30 m to 70 m.
During the years, famous noble families ordered the construction of numerous palaces, which are, at the present, the pride of Venice.
These edifices make part of the architectural history of the city.
It is a pleasure and a great experience to admire the numerous palazzi and the church, placed on the shore of the Canale Grande, when you go by vaporetto, from Railway Station Santa Lucia, the beginning of the way, to the Laguna, the end of it.
The first palace, Palazzo Diedo, is placed on the right side of the canal, in front of the Santa Lucia Station.
Then, you can admire the wonderful church San Simeone Piccolo, built in the 18th century, on the right side, and the Chiesa degli Scalzi, across the street.
The boat dives off under the Scalzi Bridge, the first bridge along the way, and then, you can see other marvellous buildings.
Palazzo Flangini, built in the 17th century
San Geremia Church, existing since the middle of the 18th century
Palazzo Labia, at the present the seat of the RAI Television
San Marcuola Church
Fondaco dei Turchi, from the 13th century, today the seat of the Natur Museum
Deposito del Magio, the old grain storehaus from the 15th century
Palazzo Belloni-Batagia, built by Baldassare Longhena
Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, actually Casino of Venice
San Stae Church with the tomb of the Doge Alvise Mocenigo
Ca’Pesaro, one of the bigest edifices in Venice
Palazzo Corner della Regina
Ca’ d’Oro, the most beautiful architectural juwelier of Venice
Palazzo Sagredo, built in Gothic Style
Pescheria, the Fishmar ket of the city, built in 1907
Fabbriche Nuove, built in the time period 1552-1555 by the Jacopo Sansovino
Ca’ da Mosto, from the 12th century
Palazzo dei Camerienghi
Fondaco dei Todeschi, at present the Main Post Office of the city
Then, the way goes under the famous Rialto Bridge, the most beautiful bridge over the canal and one of the landmarks of Venice.
Palazzo Dolfin Manin, built in the 16th century in Renaissance Style
Palazzo Farsetti from 12th century, today the City Hall of the city
Palazzo Grimani, a Renaissance building
Palazzo Bernardo, built in Gothic Style
Palazzo Corner-Spinelli, built in 1500 by Mauro Coducci
Palazzo Mocenigo Nero
Palazzo Contarini delle Figure
Ca Foscari, today the main University building
Ca’ Giustinian, built in Gothic Style
Palazzo Loredan degli Ambasciatori
Accademia Museum, with many important art pieces
The vaporetto goes under the Accademia Bridge, the old wood bridge of the canal, and then, you can admire other important edifices.
The Palazzo Barbarigo with the famous mosaic façade
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished palace from 18th century
Corner Ca’ Grande Palace, built in 1537 by Jacopo Sansovino
Palazzo Dario, built in 1487
Palazzo Gritti, today the most famous luxury hotel of Venice
Palazzo Contani-Fasan, in Gothic style, called the house of Desdemona
Santa Maria della Salute, the famous church
Dogana da Mar, the old duty department of Venice is the last building on the right side of the canal.
The way finished in the Laguna of Venice.
These were only a small number of the palaces on the shore of the Canal Grande.
This water way in Venice is a wonderful experience for all the tourists, which come in the city.
If the poet Robert Browning lived his final years until his death in 1889 in nearby Ca' Rezzonico (now a museum), Lord Byron stayed in this large 18th century palace, although I don't think he died here.
It was the residence of the renowned Mocenigo family, who had 7 members serve as Doges 1414-1778. It was substantially rebuilt in 17th century. By 1945, Alvise Nicolo, gifted it to Venice. it remained as an overflow of artifacts for Correr Museo, but in 1985 it turned into a costume and fabric museum. The interior contains many pieces from mostly the 18th-19th century, and some chandliers from Briati, a famed master of glass artworks. There is a green, red and pick room, each with distinctive color decor and furnishings. All ceilings are most walls are painted with fabulous frescoes. The furniture is elegant and great displays. The first floor is one large hall (androne) that leads to the canal, and it is beautiful marble. Overall this is a very good palazzo to see the history and culture during that time of the last great era of Venice.
Tickets are 4 Euro, but the best purchase is buy a museum pass for 18 Euro. It includes Doges Palace, Correr, and 10 other museums. It is a great bargin. Or for 13 Euro, the pass allows. Open 10-5 March thru November, and closed Mondays. Entry to key sites and one other museum.