The Grand Canal

Monuments and Attractions around Venice

What you can see along the Grand Canal

Illustrating the uniqueness of Venice, this great 'road of water' is the most beautiful street in Venice. One can glide along the Grand Canal and be surrounded by the most opulent architecture.
The atmosphere is absolutely unforgettable, as the splendor of the Grand Canal is unparalleled. To meander along the canal by gondola is literally to take a journey through Venetian history.

The most famous Museums that surround it

  • Fontego dei Turchi
  • Palazzo Vendramin Calergi - Casinò
  • Ca' Pesaro - Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Museum
  • Ca' d'Oro
  • Ca' Foscari - University
  • Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of the eighteenth century
  • Palazzo Grassi - collection of contemporary art by François Pinault
  • Gallerie dell'Accademia - The most famous Venetian painters from Tintoretto, Bellini, Tiziano, Carpaccio to Giorgione's famous 'Tempest'.
  • Collezione Peggy Guggenheim - Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
  • Punta della Dogana - collection of contemporary art by François Pinault

Unlike most Main Streets, Canal Grande does not go in a straight line; rather, it flows as though it were a woman's body, in curves. Perhaps that is why it is always referred to as female. No matter how negative a person is about Venice, he/she cannot help but gasp on first seeing this magnificent body of water.

Video: Grand Canal from train station to Rialto Bridge