Grand Canal / Venice Canal Grande is also known among Venetians as Canalazzo, a river that became the center of traffic transport water that covers the entire area of the city. Grand Canal coiled like a snake through the city formed a large letter S, for trips starting from Saint Mark’s Basin on one end into the lagoon near Santa Lucia train station on the other side. This ancient waters stretching along 3800 meters (2.36 miles) with a width of about 30 to 90 meters (about 100-300 feet). In many places, the river depth reaches 5 meters (16 feet). This is one of the cities with amazing water transport systems and will lead to an extraordinary experience when you visit Venice.
Grand Canal is an ancient aqueduct which is lined with buildings of approximately 170 buildings, mostly built in the 13th century until the 18th century, which was also largely built by a wealthy Venetian family. Most of the traffic of the city is filled with yachts, private boats, vaporetti, water taxis and gondolas are famous. For walkers there are about three main bridges that cross the canal is the Rialto Bridge, Ponte Degli Scalzi and the Ponte dell Accademia. Coupled with a modern bridge that is controversial and newly built not far from the bridge Scalzi namely Calatrava Bridge.
At the end of the 16th century and the 17th century, Baroque-style building started to go along the Canal Grande. This is the most productive era of building activity along waterways, including the addition of the Church of Santa Maria in Nazareth and Santa Maria della Salute basilica, one of the scholars most elegant structures in the city. Baldassarre Longhena was the main architect of the era, and he added a lot of new buildings to the canal area.
The interesting events and celebrations can be witnessed in the first week of September, the boat race which started to be held since the 14th century, followed by a spectacular boat parade led by Serenissima, the luxury boat decorated. Yacht race is one of the attractions of Venice exciting annual crowd of tourists who admire the many historic ships with crews dressed in traditional.
The best way to enjoy the beauty of the city and see the old buildings and historic stately along the Grand Canal is by the vaporetto (water bus) from one end to the other. Many tourists also take advantage of the romantic transport, with a gondola ride along the canal, which is the most impressive way to navigate the Canal Grande. Another option is to take plenty of water taxi.