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The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

April 7th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Grand Canal (italian: Canal Grande) is Venice's largest waterway. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.

Running through most of the city, it "starts" from the lagoon at the train station, makes a large S-shape through the central parts of Venice, and ends by the Canal of San Marco at Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square). Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute stands at the junction between the two canals.

Its banks are lined with some of the most beautiful buildings of the city, amongst the many palazzos and churches are the Ca' Rezzonico, Ca d'Oro, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Because most of the city's traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, there are only three bridges: the Ponte dei Scalzi, the Ponte dell'Accademia and most famously the covered Rialto Bridge.

Send by: Mariusz Max Kolonko

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