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 La Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Sestiere Dorsoduro 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.

La Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palazzo Barbarigo

2) Palazzo Barbarigo (must see)

Originally built in the 16th century, Palazzo Barbarigo is a palace in Venice, situated on the Grand Canal of the city. 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 access...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

3) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

Erected in 1565, 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. In the 19th century, it was internally modernized 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 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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Fondaco dei Turchi

8) Fondaco dei Turchi (must see)

Constructed in the first half of the 13th century by Giacomo Palmier, the Fondaco dei Turchi is a Byzantine-style palazzo on the Grand Canal of Venice. 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 Nuove and Ala Napoleonica museums, at the Piazza San...   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.
Titian's Tour

Titian's Tour

Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters of all time. He represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. His works are well-known for their realistic interpretation of biblical episodes. Titian had a style of his own that cannot be compared with that of the other artists of his period. This tour will guide you through the most important places in Titian's life and work.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice. This is a place that enriched the cultural, social and economic life of Venice in the course of its history. The square is the host of the famous Venice landmarks as the Doge's Palace, Basilica San Marco and the Procuratie. Piazza San Marco is always full of people and pigeons.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

The Northern Area of Venice is full of places of great historical and cultural importance. This tour offers you a view of some of the loveliest churches of Venice such as the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Chiesa dei Santissimi Apostoli.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Largely regarded as one of the most romantic places ever built by man, the city of Venice is spread across 118 islands collectively earning it the nicknames of the City of Water and the City of Bridges. Other than the bridges, though, the city abounds in museums, basilicas and other historic sights. For a chance to visit some of these and learn more about Venice, embark on this self-guided walk!

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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