Grand Canal Walking Tour, Venice

Grand Canal is the main channel in Venice. The channel has an "S" form dividing the main districts of Venice. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, but for tourists, it is recommended that they visit it by gondola. On both sides of the Grand Canal are established the most beautiful buildings dating from the 12th to the 18th centuries that tell the story of a thousand years of Venetian splendor.
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Grand Canal Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Grand Canal Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: naomi
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

1) Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (must see)

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the Italian city of Venice. It is one of the best expressions of Baroque architecture in Venice. It stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the...   view more
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Palazzo Barbarigo

2) Palazzo Barbarigo (must see)

Palazzo Barbarigo is a palace in Venice, situated on the Grand Canal of the city. It was originally built in the 16th century. Today it is one of the more opulent palazzi on the canal, distinguished by its mosaics of Murano glass applied in 1886. At the time it was owned by the proprietors of one of the glass factories, who took their cue from the exterior mosaics on the facade of St Mark's Basilica. The palazzo follows the Renaissance pattern of design on three floors: an open loggia gives...   view more
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Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

3) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is a palace in Venice, not far from the Ponte dell'Accademia and next to the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal of Venice. It was erected in 1565. In the nineteenth century it was internally modernised and externally enriched in Venetian Gothic style, with rich window framing, by a series of grand owners. The first neo-Gothic improvements were made after 1840, when the young Archduke Frederick Ferdinand of Austria (1821-1847) reassembled the property, the Palazzo...   view more
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Campo San Samuele

4) Campo San Samuele

Campo San Samuele is a square located on the bank of Grand Canal. The square is home to some amazing palaces of great historical, architectural and cultural importance for Venice, such as the Palazzo Malipiero and the Palazzo Grassi, to name just two. Both palaces were homes of the greatest Venetian lover of all times, Giacomo Casanova. In the center of the square is located the Chiesa di San Samuele, this is the church where Casanova was...   view more
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Palazzo Grimani di San Luca

5) Palazzo Grimani di San Luca (must see)

The Palazzo Grimani di San Luca is a Renaissance building in Venice. It is located on the Rio di San Luca channel of the city, at the point in which it flows into the Canal Grande. The palace was built in the mid-16th century for procurator Gerolamo Grimani by architect Michele Sanmicheli, and completed after his death by Gian Giacomo de' Grigi, known as "il Bergamasco". The façade has three sectors with Corinthian columns, also inspired to the Roman architecture, in particular...   view more
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi

6) Fondaco dei Tedeschi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice, northern Italy, situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German merchants. A broad definition was taken of the term German which included what would today be regarded as separate nationalities. First constructed in 1228, the building was rebuilt between 1505 and 1508, after its destruction in a fire. The reconstruction produced a very functional 4-floor...   view more
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Chiesa di San Stae

7) Chiesa di San Stae

Chiesa di San Stae, with its magnificent facade adorned with Rococo statues by Domenico Rossi, overlooks the Grand Canal. The interior dates from the late seventeenth century and has been done by the architect Giovanni Grassi, with a series of paintings by artists such as the Piazzetta and Tiepolo. The latter are a prime example of the Venetian school in the early eighteenth...   view more
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Fontego dei Turchi

8) Fontego dei Turchi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Turchi is a Byzantine-style palazzo on the Grand Canal of Venice, northern Italy. The palace was constructed in the first half of the 13th century by Giacomo Palmier, an exile from Pesaro. The Venetian Republic purchased it in 1381 for Niccolò II d'Este, the Marquess of Ferrara. During its early history, the palazzo also served as a residence to many visiting dignitaries. From 1890 to 1923, the area was home the Museo Correr collection, which was moved to the Procuratie...   view more
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Chiesa di San Geremia

9) Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia is located in Venice in the Cannaregio district. It is an important religious building, which houses many works of art and the remains of St. Lucia from Syracuse. The church was built in the eleventh century and was rebuilt several times. The altar is very beautiful and precious, with its sanctuary, where you can admire the statues of St. Peter and St. Jeremiah, dating from 1798, and executed by Pier Antonio...   view more
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Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth

10) Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth

Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth, also known as Chiesa degli Scalzi is an early eighteenth century religious building in Venice. The church was designed by Baldassare Longhena in the late Venetian Baroque style. The building during its history was host to a great number of art works. Some of them have remained in it, while some have been given out to local galleries for...   view more
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Train Station

11) Train Station

Venice has two major railway stations. We are speaking here about the Santa Lucia station. The other one, Mestre, is located off-shore. Both stations are managed by Grandi Stazioni and they are linked with each other by the Ponte della Libertà (English: Liberty Bridge) between the mainland and the historic city. Venezia Santa Lucia is located in Cannaregio, the northernmost of the six historic sestieri (districts) of the historic city, near the western end of the Grand Canal. It lies at the 267...   view more
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Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo

12) Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo

Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo or Santi Simeone e Giuda is a religious building in the city of Venice, located in the district of Santa Croce. The building was completed in 1738 by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto and represents one of the first fully neoclassical buildings in Italy. The construction of the building has an unusual circular shape that reminds one of the Byzantine tradition and the...   view more
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Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Romantic Walking Tour

Romantic Walking Tour

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is the perfect destination for honeymoons, proposals and romantic trips. It is impossible to name the most romantic places in Venice because all the streets, canals and corners of this city are filled with romance, passion and love. This tour will guide you through the places where you can enjoy the perfect moment with your beloved.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Religious Edifices Walking Tour

Religious Edifices Walking Tour

As a tourist, you definitely are aware that a country like Italy, especially a city like Venice, has a lot of sacred sites. It would be a pity not to take a look at some of the wonderful buildings built by humans in the name of the Lord. Glorious artists, architects and their disciples have given their lives and talent for our pleasure for centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Wine Tour

Wine Tour

Italy - the land of the three seas, the land of mountains, of Casanova and cheese, the land of pizza and lasagna. And one of the most famous products - Italian wine. This guide lays down an itinerary that would lead you to the best wine shops in Venice. Take the tour in order to discover quality Italian wine.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo is the smallest and one of the oldest districts in Venice, established circa 9th century AD. It has hosted the city's main market since 1097, and been linked to the eastern bank of the Grande Canal, via the Rialto Bridge, since the 13th century. Apart from the bridge, other attractions in the area include the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the Campo San Polo, the House of Goldoni, the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Church of San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. If you're in love with Venice, you'll find plenty to see in this part of the city!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Casanova's Tour

Casanova's Tour

Giacomo Casanova is one of the most famous personalities of Venice. He was a man of great culture. His interests ranged from love affairs and gambling to writing and alchemy. Born in a family of theater actors in 1725, he grew up surrounded by high society. He became an important personality in his own right, starting with his adolescence. This tour will show you places of great significance in the life of Casanova.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, whose name translates as “hard bridge” from Italian, due to the area's relatively high terrain. The city's highest spots, along with Giudecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola, are found here. Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice's most picturesque canals, historic locations and cultural venues, including Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Campo San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita. If modern art and historic architecture combined sounds like your kind of fun, Dorsoduro is the right place to go.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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