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Venice seen from the boat/vaporetto along the Gran Canal

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The main artery of Venice is the Grand Canal, Canal Grande: the longest, broadest and deepest canal in the city, 4 kms long, from 30 to 70 m. broad, a maximum of 5 metres deep. Along the Grand Canal the richest Venetian families built about a hundred marble palaces with their front doors looking onto the water; their style is influenced by Byzantine, Gothic and Lombardesque.
A boat trip on a vaporetto along the Grand Canal is the first and easiest approach to Venice beauty; much more exciting (and expensive) is a gondola tour. Also a vaporetto is a great chance to taking pictures and beginning your "full-immersion".
Starting from Piazzale Roma to Piazza San Marco:
  • THE MAIN PALACES AND CHURCHES FACING THE GRAND CANAL:
    • (right side of Canal Grande) CHURCH OF SAN SIMEONE PICCOLO (18th century)
    • (left side) CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA CALLED DEGLI SCALZI (18th century):
      On a design By Baldassarre Longhena, the building was completed in 1689 and consecrated in 1705. The façade is one of the most well-designed examples of Venetian Baroque. In the great vault there was a wonderful "fresco" by G.B.Tiepolo but an Austrian bomb in the first world war destroyed it.
    • (left) PALAZZO CALBO CROTTA (15th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO CORRER CONTARINI CALLED "CA' DEI CUORI" (17th century)
    • (right) FONDACO DEI TURCHI:
      It was almost completely rebuilt in 18th century on the ancient model. It offers us in its completeness the type of façade of the Veneto-Byzantine house that developed in Venice between the 12th and 13th century. Now the palace contains the Natural History Museum.
    • (left) PALAZZO VENDRAMIN CALERGI, VENICE CASINO (16th century):
       
    • (right) PALAZZO BELLONI BATTAGIA (17th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO SORANZO (16th century):
    • (right) PALAZZO TRON (16th century):
      Classical palace of the end of 16th century. In the 18th cent. the interior was luxuriously furnished with paintings ans stucco work. Jacopo Guarana frescoed the ballroom. Now the palace serves as the offices of the local education authorities.
    • (right) CHURCH OF SAN STAE (18th century):
      Baroque façade(1709). Rich collection of works by the most important painters of early 18th century (Martyrdom of St. Batholomew", youthful work by Tiepolo).
    • (left) PALAZZO BARBARIGO (16th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO GUSSONI GRIMANI DELLA VIDA (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO PESARO (17th century):
      Masterpiece by Baldassarre Longhena. It was finished in 1663 but the façade on the canal was built in a classical style by Antonio Gaspare. The palace now hosts the International Civic Gallery of Modern Art.
    • (left) CA' D'ORO (15th century):
      Ca' d'Oro was built in the Gothic style between 1422 and 1440 for the public prosecutor Marino Contarini. The stones of the crenellations, the sculpted lions on the corner capitals and the decorations at the top of the curved window arches were covered with gold
    • (left) PALAZZO SAGREDO (14th century):
    • (right) PESCHERIA (FISH MARKET) (20th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO FOSCARI (15th century):
      Francesco Foscari, doge of Venice from 1423 to 1457, spent his boyhood in Egypt where his father had been exiled. During his dogeship the Venetians extended their sway as far as the banks of the river Adda in Lombardy.
    • (left) PALAZZO MANGILLI VALMARANA (18th century)
    • (left) CA' DA MOSTO (13th century):
       
    • (left) FONDACO DEI TEDESCHI (16th century): (German Warehouse) is now the Post Office; it was the trading centre of Venice. In 1505 the building was restored and decorated with frescoes by Giorgione and Tiziano; parts of these frescoes can be seen in Ca' d'Oro.
    • RIALTO BRIDGE (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO DEI X SAVI (16th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO FARSETTI, TOWN HALL
    • (left) PALAZZO GRIMANI, COURT OF APPEAL (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO COCCINA TIEPOLO (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO DONA' (15th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO BERNARDO (15th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO CORNER SPINELLI (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO CAPPELLO LAYARD (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO BARBARIGO DELLA TERRAZZA (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO PISANI MORETTA (15th century)
    • (left) CASE DEL MOCENIGO (16th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO CONTARINI "DELLE FIGURE" (16th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO BALBI (16th century)
       
    • (left) PALAZZO NANI MOCENIGO (15th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO FOSCARI (15th century):
       
    • (right) PALAZZO GIUSTINIAN (15th century): in the 12th century, the Giustinian's family almost died out because all the male offspring had perished in a battle against the Byzantine emperor Manuel Eroticus Comnenus. The sole survivor was a youthful Justinian, who had taken religious vows and was a monk at San Niccolò del Lido.
    • (left) PALAZZO MORO LIN (17th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO GRASSI (18th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO REZZONICO (17th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO LOREDAN (15th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO CONTARINI DEGLI SCRIGNI (17th century)
    • ACADEMY BRIDGE (20th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO FRANCHETTI (15th century)
    • (right) PALAZZO CONTARINI DAL ZAFFO (15th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO BARBARO 15-17th century
    • (left) PALAZZO CORNER DELLA CA'GRANDE, PREFECTURE
    • (right) PALAZZO DARIO (15th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO PISANI GRITTI (15th century)
    • (right) ABBEY OF SAN GREGORIO (14th century)
    • (left) BASILICA OF LA SALUTE (17th century)
    • (left) PALAZZO TREVES DEI BONFILI (17th century)
    • (right) PUNTA DELLA DOGANA (15th century)
    • (left) CA'GIUSTINIAN (15th century)

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