The Grande Canal forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in Venice. Public transport is provided by water buses (Italian: vaporetti) and private water taxis, and many tourists explore the canal by gondola.
At one end the canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin: in between it makes a large S-shape through the central districts of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30–90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters (16.5 ft).
The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos: this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon.
Most of the palaces and residences emerge from water without pavement. Consequently, one can only tour past the fronts of the buildings on the grand canal by boat.
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cargus (10273) 2012-09-06 9:27
Beautiful scenery, good light, contrast, color, picture well done.
ikeharel (72131) 2012-11-13 2:15
Yesterday I saw on the news that Venezia had submerged under flood-water, Jason.
So, a beautiful scene like here - unavailable today.
Fine shot, fine colors and amazing poles sticking out from water, like a small forest, and boats between.
Noel_Byrne (31416) 2013-04-08 6:24
Pretty amazing to think of the age of these buildings, they look as fine today as when they were built, in fact they look nicer than a lot of the rubbish getting built in Dublin today!
In that though, how safe they are under the water is probably another matter altogether.
beautiful sight to see them facing the canal like this, and so many rich vivid colours. Beautiful scene.
All the best
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (13930)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Italy, Venice, A room with a view, Boats in a Row, Italian buildings, Venetian villas [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 20:49