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The Grand Canal is the most important waterway of Venice. Sightseeing tour
The Grand Canal divides Venice into two parts and resembles an inverted "S"; the locals call it Canalazzo
The Grand Canal was the center of Venetian life and commerce in the Middle Ages; 45 narrower channels (3-5 m wide) flow into it. Sailing along the Grand Canal with a sightseeing tour (from Santa Lucia station to Piazza San Marco) you can see dozens of magnificent historical buildings and palaces in which Venetian dogs and merchants lived, as well as cathedrals, bell towers and other significant objects of the city. Experienced travelers advise a ride on the Grand Canal at least twice: in the light of the sun and after sunset.
Riverboat "vaporetto" is very convenient, it is the most popular form of transport in the city, with various routes and single tickets for travel. There are 22 routes, allowing tourists to see all the significant objects of the city and visit the islands. Most of them pass through the Grand Canal. Water taxis are convenient for moving even at night, they can quickly and comfortably reach any destination in Venice.
The Grand Canal is the most important water route of the city, almost 4 km long, width - 30-70 m, depth about 5 m
The easiest and relatively inexpensive way to sail through the channel is to take public transport (a boat called "vaporetto"). Gondolas is a Venetian flavor: legendary form of Venetian public transport, but the most expensive. Venice cannot be imagined without gondolas. These black wooden boats are a symbol of the city and until the end of the 20th century were the main means of transportation through narrow canals. During the existence of the Venetian Republic there were several thousand gondolas. Now there are about 50 of them, and this type of transport serves mainly for the entertainment of tourists - the so-called "love attraction".
Upon arrival in Venice, you will need to choose a place to stop; coastal Venice is best suited for this. This is a fairly large area, located along the shores of the lagoon, prices in hotels are lower than in the island part of the city. To get to the island of Venice is not difficult: it can be done either by boat, or along the dike by train or car. Most of the hotels in the island of Venice are luxurious mansions that once belonged to rich Venetian merchants, dojas, or noble families. Their interior is decorated with frescoes and stucco of the Renaissance, old paintings and sculptures, antique chandeliers and fireplaces. The choice of hotel depends mainly on the financial possibilities of tourists.
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