Venice by boat: the Grand Canal

  • Tour in barca Venezia
  • tour in barca isole laguna
  • Grand Canal


In Venice, past and present keep meeting like water and stones. Venice, at dawn or plunged in the fog, loses its clear boundaries. Its iridescent image reflected by the water merges into the real Venice to become a dream-like vision.


Our tour begins along the Grand Canal, a meandering waterway, that has the shape of a backward ‘S’ and divides the city into two parts. Today, as in the past, to have a house on the “Canalazzo” was a sort of status symbol. This is the reason why its banks have an uninterrupted series of sumptuous patrician homes, linked with interesting and curious legends.

The tour may proceed along the Giudecca Canal, the deepest and widest canal of Venice. We will admire the island Giudecca Island, characterized by singular architectures, and by the impressive façade of the Redeemer Church, designed by Andrea Palladio, similar to San Giorgio Church that we will soon view afterwards.

Having a private boat we could even go further, right up to the islands of the Lagoon defined as the “minor islands” such as San Lazzaro degli Armeni – a piece of the orient in the lagoon, San Francesco del Deserto – home of the legendary monastery, San Erasmo – considered the agricultural market of Venice, San Giorgio with the same named beautiful Palladian church and if you wish also San Servolo, San Clemente, the Lido, etc, etc…

This tour can be combined with the excursion to The islands of the Lagoon, Murano, Burano and Torcello. 

Duration: approx. 1 hour

Notes: The Grand Canal is open to traffic only after 3pm. the visit to some minor islands must be booked in advance.  This boat tour can be limited to the Grand Canal or can combined with a walking tour and can be obviously customized at pleasure.

The visit of some of the minor islands must be booked in advance and an entrance fee must be paid.

This itinerary along the Grand Canal can be enriched with a walking tour (for instance The must see  or  The Doge’s Palace or A Stroll in Venice)