Dec 22 2011

POTD: Venice Grand Canal

by in Central & Southern Europe, Italy, Photo of the Day

Yes, Venice again. I know it’s quite possibly one of the biggest travel cliches out there, but I adored this city. We spent a few days here during our holidays in Italy, after visiting Rome. This is the Grand Canal, the major water-traffic corridor in the city. You can take either the water buses (vaporetti) or gondolas. Since the gondolas were way out of our price range, we stuck to the public transportation. The canal is is 3,800 m long, 30–90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters (16.5 ft). The buildings that line the banks of the Grand Canal date from the 13th to the 18th century. We had an excellent lunch at a nice little cafe along the canal and loved watching the boats go by as we chowed down on pizza. Since boats are the main form of transportation in Venice, there are ambulance speedboats, police speedboats, mail boats, and even UPS boats so the locals can receive their packages.

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2 Responses to POTD: Venice Grand Canal

  1. From Tui:

    My fiance and I are heading to Venice in May for part of our honeymoon. I’ve been wanting to go there since I was a kid and saw photos in National Geographic. Travel cliche or no, I can hardly wait to see it with my own eyes! ~Tui

    Posted on November 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Enjoy your trip there (and eat lots of pizza and gelato)!

    Posted on November 24, 2010 at 11:27 am #
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