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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, and let us take you along the Grand Canal in Venice, with our captivating photos: – The Grand Canal is a channel in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. The Grand Canal is the main waterway of Venice, a city of islands in the north-east of Italy. It is a marvel of engineering and architecture, as well as a testament to the wealth and power of the Venetian Republic that ruled the Mediterranean for centuries. The Grand Canal is about 4 km long and varies in width from 30 to 90 m. It has an average depth of 5 m and follows a reverse-S shape that divides the city into two parts. Along its banks, more than 170 magnificent buildings from different periods and styles can be admired, reflecting the history and culture of Venice. The Grand Canal is not only a scenic attraction, but also a vital artery of transportation and commerce. It is crossed by four bridges: the Rialto Bridge, the oldest and most famous one, the Scalzi Bridge, near the train station, the Accademia Bridge, made of wood; and the Constitution Bridge, the newest and most controversial one, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The canal is also traversed by hundreds of boats every day, from the public water buses (vaporetti) to the private water taxis, from the cargo barges to the elegant gondolas. The gondola is the traditional Venetian boat, with its distinctive shape and decoration. It is steered by a skilled gondolier, who uses a single oar and knows how to navigate the narrow canals and under the low bridges. Taking a gondola ride on the Grand Canal is one of the most romantic and unforgettable experiences that Venice can offer. The Grand Canal is also the stage for many events and celebrations throughout the year. One of them is the Historical Regatta, a boat race that dates to the 13th century and features colourful costumes and flags. Another one is the Feast of the Redeemer, a religious festival that commemorates the end of a plague in 1576 and involves in spectacular fireworks display over the canal. The most famous event, however, is the Carnival of Venice, a time of masks, music, and fun that attracts millions of visitors every year. During the carnival, the Grand Canal becomes even more lively and colourful, with parades of decorated boats and floating stages. The Grand Canal is a unique and fascinating place that captures the essence of Venice. It is a living museum that showcases the beauty and diversity of this city, as well as its challenges and changes. It is a place where history and tradition meet modernity and innovation, where art and nature blend harmoniously, where people and water coexist peacefully. It is a place that inspires wonder and admiration, as well as curiosity and respect. It is a place that deserves to be seen and explored.

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Photo Gallery of  Trip along the Canle on a Water Bus (Vaporetto) – From the Lagoon to Piazzale Roma
Approximately 3.64 km – 2.26 miles