A Trip Down the Grand Canal

January 28, 2015 / Places
Venezia, Veneto
GRAND CANAL FROM ACCADEMIA W SALUTE

There are few more unforgettable moments than that first sight of Venice in all its hustle and bustle on the gleaming waters of The Grand Canal: gondolas; vaporetti (water buses); water taxis; barges; emergency and police launches and crowds of over-excited visitors poring over their maps.

GRAND CANAL BUSY EARLY MORNING

Making our way from the railway station to the Number 1 vaporetto stop, we swipe our tickets and cross the small bridge to the floating landing stage. This is not the place to hang back. If you want to bag a seat on the outer deck at the front you need to be assertive and hold your place in the queue.

GRAND CANAL FROM SALUTE

One’s first trip down the Grand Canal is guaranteed to stimulate even the most hardened tourist. Off we go, passing under the Scalzi Bridge, where the Canal is spread before us.

GRAND CANAL FROM RIALTO
GRAND CANAL PALAZZO FONTANA REZZONICA

Several palazzi (palaces) present themselves: Palazzo Barbarigo, with its painted façade, Ca’ d’Oro and Ca’ da Mosto are among these beautiful old buildings as we reach the Pescheria (fish market) on the right hand side.

GRAND CANAL CA DORO
GRAND CANAL RIALTO MARKETS

Rounding a bend, the famous Rialto Bridge towers overhead as a multitude of tourists peer down at us.

GRAND CANAL CARNIVAL MASK AT RIALTO (1)

Past Ca’ Foscari and Palazzo Mocenigo, where the poet Lord Byron stayed in 1818, and the famous Ca’ Rezzonico, we approach the wooden Accademia Bridge, situated beside its eponymous galleries.  The low building which houses the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is next followed by the dead windows of “haunted” Palazzo Dario.

GRAND CANAL PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
GRAND CANAL HAUNTED CA DARIO

Then a close-up of the church of Santa Maria della Salute, one of the most iconic sights of Venice. Off to our right we can see Palladian masterpiece San Giorgio di Maggiore on its own little island.

GRAND CANAL SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE

We approach Palazzo Ducale and Piazza San Marco where we finally alight at this famous spot.

GRAND CANAL CAMPANILE AND PALAZZO DUCALE

 

by Orna O’Reilly

Orna is a former interior designer who practised in South Africa, Mozambique and Ireland. Now writing full time, she moved from Ireland to the Veneto area of Italy in 2013.

She writes her way around Italy by blogging about it (at Ornasite) and is currently writing a novel set in Venice. You can follow her tweets @OrnaOR, and her Travel & Design page on FB.

13 Responses to “A Trip Down the Grand Canal”

  1. Victoria De Maio

    Orna! I only had to see the title of today’s note & I knew it would be from you! Ahhh, gorgeous! Lovely shots – can’t wait to return & meet you, too, in May! (Do you think I can get some great shots with my iPhone :D).
    Abbracci…
    Victoria

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  2. Ralph Carapellotti

    Thank you, Orna! Your photos and story brought back the exciting memory of my first trip down the Grand Canal. With camera in hand I remember bouncing back from side to side in the water taxi taking pictures of what I described as art! So much beauty, I remember wishing tha I could have our driver stop the boat so that I could have more time to take pictures. Truly one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Molte grazie!

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  3. GB

    Dear all, I am currently working with Orna to resolve a glitch that is keeping her from answering your kind comments.
    Thanks for your patience!

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  4. Lina Falcone

    Grazie Orna,
    Enjoyed the photos Venice is a magical place to visit, I liked your article.

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