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The Grand Canal in Venice Italy

Updated on January 21, 2012

The Grand Canal, Venice Italy

The Grand Canal in Venice Italy forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city of Venice. The canal is a natural channel that traces a reverse-S course from St. Mark's Basilica to Santa Chiara Church and divides the city into two parts. The canal is slightly more then 2 miles (3 km) long and beween 100 and 125 feet (30 to 70 meters) wide. It has an average depth of 17 feet (5 meters) and connects at various points with a maze of smaller canals. Public transport is provided by water buses (Italian: vaporetti) and private wtaer taxis. May tourists also explore the Grand Canal by gondola. We made many, many trips to Venice but our last tirp had to have been the best.

DHL delivers in Venice Italy!  Notice the workers are wearing no shirts, they wouldn't get by with that here in the states.
DHL delivers in Venice Italy! Notice the workers are wearing no shirts, they wouldn't get by with that here in the states. | Source
The little houses with the yellow stripes are the Water Taxi stops.  There are many of them on both sides of the Canal so you can get off the taxi when you need to.
The little houses with the yellow stripes are the Water Taxi stops. There are many of them on both sides of the Canal so you can get off the taxi when you need to. | Source
I could not imagine doing work on that while it was sitting on a boat!  But that's how they do it in Venice.
I could not imagine doing work on that while it was sitting on a boat! But that's how they do it in Venice. | Source
One of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal.
One of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal. | Source
Polizia Locale, The local police and ambulances even have boats to travel around.
Polizia Locale, The local police and ambulances even have boats to travel around. | Source
A Gondileer (the person that rows the gondola).
A Gondileer (the person that rows the gondola). | Source
One of the bigger of the smaller waterways that connect the Grand Canal to the Sea.
One of the bigger of the smaller waterways that connect the Grand Canal to the Sea. | Source
One of the many museums on the Grand Canal.
One of the many museums on the Grand Canal. | Source
One of the many churches on the Grand Canal.
One of the many churches on the Grand Canal. | Source
Some buildings on the Grand Canal.
Some buildings on the Grand Canal. | Source
Hotels and Resturants on the Grand Canal
Hotels and Resturants on the Grand Canal | Source
Renovating a building on the Grand Canal couldn't be an easy job.
Renovating a building on the Grand Canal couldn't be an easy job. | Source
The detail on most of the buildings along the Grand Canal are amazing!
The detail on most of the buildings along the Grand Canal are amazing! | Source
Another HUGE church on the Grand Canal (across from St Marc's square)
Another HUGE church on the Grand Canal (across from St Marc's square) | Source
One of the many water taxi's.
One of the many water taxi's. | Source

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      ThePrettiestWord - I'm very glad to hear this made you more excited! I have a whole Blog about our three years in Italy, there's a lot more there on Venice and that area if you'd like to check it out. Here's my blog site: http://cassylu1981.blogspot.com/ I hope you enjoy your trip to Italy! It is definately a place like no other :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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      ThePrettiestWord 5 years ago from England

      I really enjoyed this, i'm travelling to Venice in June and this made me more excited! :D

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks rjsadowski :) I love looking back on my pictures to take me back there!

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      A very nice set of photographs. It was almost like being there.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Thanks :)

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      birdflower 5 years ago

      nice