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Venice, Italy Attractions

Grand Canal

Venice’s Grand Canal, also known as Canalazzo, is an ancient waterway, lined with 170 buildings built between the 13th and 18th centuries. The 2.36 mile long canal carries a majority of the city’s trafficon private boats, vaporetti (water buses), water taxis, and gondolas.
During the 10th century, the Grand Canal was a center for trade and a safe port accessible by ship. As a result, some of the earliest houses along the canal belonged to merchants and wealthy Venetian families.
By the 12th and 13th century, the buildings were constructed in a Byzantine-style architecture. As architectural influences emerged through the 18th century, the buildings lining the Grand Canal were constructed in a Venetian-Gothic, Renaissance, Classical and Baroque styles. The best way to view these buildings is by vaporetto, water taxi or a romantic gondola ride from one end of the Grand Canal to the other.


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