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Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces, is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Venice, Italy
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Reviewed today

Well, I assume it would be wet but it's not like I went swimming! We took a water taxi to our hotel which was very nice. As everything is so geared towards parting tourists with their money the gonolda trips were over £100, so that...More

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Reviewed today

I dont know reallt how to review Grand Canal. I think it is a place where dreams come true, where you fall in love from the first glance. If you want to relax, close you eyes and dream of Grand Canal. I think it is...More

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Reviewed today

A must do inspite the tourist-trap trappings. Did the whole thing (almost) from St. Marks square to the railway station in a public utility vaporetto water taxi. The local flavoured day-to-day experience both shod & added to the glamour & glitz. The best way to...More

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We had a gondola ride, it was nice experiencing it. The «padlers» are very good since they can guide the gondola even on a tiny place without touching any surface, amazing! they are experts. it’s just sad that the canals smells like mud. But we...More

Thank eyprildotravel
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Reviewed yesterday

Water buses stop at the different pontoons along the Grande Canal. You can hop on and off the water buses whilst exploring Venice suburbs. Lovely way to see Venice and reasonable price if you by multiday tickets.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must do when in Venice! A little pricey 120.00 Euros but with it. Guy tried to sing to us. Very relaxing and breathtaking views

Thank Marcelena C
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Reviewed yesterday

A tour of grand canal in boat and viewing the Venician architecture is a memorable experience. Do take a tour of Grande canal both at night ( to enjoy the romantically lit Venice) and at day time to experience the excellent architecture

Thank Abid S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When in Venice....you absolutely MUST take the gondola rides. Yes, it is touristy, but this gives you an unique perspective that you only gain from water level. Since this was in July, it was hot, hot, hot in the streets. However, once on the canals,...More

Thank Robin H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Busy yet calming, hectic but relaxing, well known but still of interest. Loved walking alongside it, sitting in a cafe and watching the world go by, and riding on it via the river taxi or the water boat.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited in April, so while this is generally a packed area, it wasn’t that time of year. There was a lot of scaffolding though, as the area was having some improvements made, which didn’t look so well in photos.

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Oui I
17 July 2018|
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Response from eurovicki | Reviewed this property |
I agree with all the previous posts. However, an additional note - the last time I was in Venice there was a "transportation" strike, and the traghetti and vaporetti (that's plural of traghetto and vaporetto) were not... More
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heatherd15
27 June 2018|
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Response from Dianne G | Reviewed this property |
The method of touring will depend on what you want to get out of the tour. You can tour on a boat or water bus that has 8 stops; you can pay for access to the waterbus for the day- very similar to the jump on jump off buses... More
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sanguchavda
22 June 2018|
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Response from Alexander D | Reviewed this property |
From the airport there are quite a few buses. They run to to Piazza Roma. From there to your place get a water taxi. Come off the bus and go to the canal it’s a short walk.
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