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Family Review of Canal Grande (Grand Canal)

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children of all ages
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Venice is an exceptional destination for families in part because there are no cars. Main Street is not a street at all but the Grand Canal, 2.5 miles of dazzling beauty, history, fascinating culture, amazing sights, and, well, fun. The banks are lined with ornate, centuries-old palaces and the canal is filled with all kinds of boats, from taxis and ambulances to delivery vessels and busses.
  • If anyone tells you not to take a gondola because it's among Europe's great rip-offs and a tourist trap, don't listen. Yes, they're expensive and you absolutely must bargain. You can reduce the price (and meet new friends) by sharing a gondola with others. Go in late afternoon when commercial traffic has let up some and the light brings out all of the romance and magic of the city.
  • Unless you have the wealth of a doge, gondolas are a splurge. For everyday canal travel, do as the locals do, take a vaporetto, Venice's version of a bus. They're inexpensive and an authentic Venice mode of travel. Try to get outdoor seats in the prow--this is where kids (okay and adults) will want to be.

2 most popular stations located at Piazzale Roma/Ferrovia (train station); and at Piazza San Marco
Price: Tickets 3.50€ ($4.55)

Visitor Information

Transportation: Vaporetto: 1
Price Information: Tickets 3.50€ ($4.55)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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