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Captivating Views: Experience the Canal Grande Tour in Venice with the Venice City Pass

Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice Gondola in front of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal

This exciting sightseeing tour takes you along Venice's largest canal. During the one-hour trip, you can marvel at the different architectural styles of Venice - Byzantine, Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic - and admire the Rialto Bridge, the oldest and most famous bridge in Venice, and the palaces on the edge of the canal. The city on the water also has opulent palaces, impressive churches and beautiful gardens that leave a lasting impression from the water.

Your ticket for the Grand Canal Tour is included free of charge in the Venice City Pass and you save € 30.00.

The Grand Canal - The beating heart of Venice

The treasures of the Grand Canal

The Grand Canal, Venice's main canal, is much more than just a waterway - it is the beating heart of the city, a lively ribbon that winds majestically through its narrow streets. With a length of around 3.8 kilometers, it stretches from the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in the southeast to the Santa Lucia train station in the northwest.

The shape of the Grand Canal is characteristic: it meanders through the city in the shape of an inverted S, and there are four important bridges on it. One of these is the famous Rialto Bridge, a symbol of Venice that often appears on postcards. The Rialto Bridge connects the two districts of San Marco and San Polo and offers a magnificent view of the canal and the surrounding palaces.

The palaces along the Grand Canal are another reason why this canal is so fascinating. These magnificent buildings bear witness to the former power and wealth of the Venetian aristocratic families. Some of the most famous palaces are the Ca' d'Oro, the Palazzo Grassi, the Ca' Rezzonico and the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. The decorations and architectural styles of these palaces are impressive and reflect the artistry of the past.

The Grand Canal is more than just a waterway; it is a symbol of the unique beauty and history of Venice. Taking a stroll along its banks or a ride on its waters is an essential part of the experience when visiting this enchanting city.


Highlights of your Gran Canal Tour

  • Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto): This famous bridge is one of Venice's landmarks.
  • Ca' d'Oro: The "Golden House" is a magnificent example of Venetian Gothic architecture and one of the most impressive palaces along the canal. It now houses the Ca' d'Oro Museum, featuring an impressive collection of artworks.
  • Palazzo Grassi: This palace is renowned for its contemporary art exhibitions and modern design. Its modern facade contrasts sharply with the surrounding historic buildings.
  • Palazzo Franchetti: This Gothic palace stands out with its striking architecture and is home to the Institute of Art History.
  • Ca' Rezzonico: A magnificent Baroque palace that now houses the Museum of the 18th Century. Visitors can admire the opulent interiors here.
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection: This museum hosts an impressive collection of modern artworks and is located in a former palace along the canal.
  • Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute: This majestic basilica dominates the mouth of the Grand Canal and is an impressive example of Venetian Baroque architecture.
  • Accademia Bridge: One of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, providing a great vantage point to enjoy the view.
  • Gondolas and Vaporettos: During the boat tour, you'll see numerous gondolas, vaporettos, and water taxis using the canal as their main thoroughfare.
  • Historical Palaces and Buildings: The Grand Canal is lined with historical palaces once inhabited by Venetian noble families. Their magnificent architecture and richly adorned facades are fascinating to behold.


Tour Schedule

April to October 2024: Daily departures at 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM.

November 2023 - March 2024: Daily departures at 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM.



You can go directly to the meeting point and reserve your ride. It is best to reserve your ticket one day in advance.

Meeting Point:

Alilaguna ticket counter at San Marco, located at Giardini Reali (Opening hours: daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).



  • The Canal Grande Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs.



How to get there

San Marco (Giardinetti): Line 2, 10 


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