The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy is an ancient waterway and is lined along its length with buildings. Most of these buildings date from the 13th to the 18th centuries and pose a Venetian-Gothic style. The best way to see these beautiful buildings is to travel by the vaporetto, the water bus. Visitors can also take a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
Apart from sightseeing, visitors can also enjoy a great time shopping along the Grand Canal. There are also several restaurants serving delectable Italian cuisine. Visitors can also find some halal food also along the Grand Canal. There are a few halal kebab and takeaway outlets.
Interesting and fun facts about the Grand Canal
1. The Grand Canal measures two and a half miles long and sixteen feet deep and is anywhere from ninety to three hundred feet across.
2. It is one of the largest and most important Canals in Italy. It connects the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin. It is an important transport corridor as it makes a large reverse-S shape through the central districts of Venice.
3. The Grand Canal Boasts a whopping 170 houses along its banks, most of which were built between 1200 and 1700.
4. The Grand Canal became so important that by 10th century, it had become a very important shipping route for the Venetians.
5. Many scientists believe that the Grand Canal route is similar to one of an ancient river that traversed Venice.
6. The Grand Canal of Venice is host to an event that has been celebrated since 14th century. The event is known as Rigata Storica boat race (boat competition).
7. Venice has hundreds of Canals and islands; however, the Grand Canal is the largest and most visible on the international front.
8. 60% of traffic in Venice passes through the Grand Canal. This goes on to show you how important the canal is to the very existence of the city.
9. The Canals of Venice have a whopping 400 bridges which connects 118 Islands.
10. Venice is fondly referred by many names including; “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City”, and “City of Canals”.
Venice is the most romantic city in the world. To gourmet Italian food, add the flirts from Italian men and you will see why Venice is romantic. To ancient buildings add the beauty of well-manicured gardens and canal-front restaurants and you will never want to leave Venice.