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  • Where in the World are Antonio and Dante?
    Antonio & Dante's Next Adventure

    We are on a gondola in the Grand Canal
    "Dante quit rocking the boat. You know I can't drive as it is and you are rocking back and forth trying to make us tip over."
    "Yeah I know. Isn't it fun going back and forth over an over again? If we tip over at least we can swim to one of the houses along the canal."
    "That is true, but I do not feel like getting wet. So knock it off and sit down."
    Below are just some of the interesting facts about the Grand Canal in Venice.
    • It makes a large S-shape through the city
    • This is the main waterway of Venice
    • One end leads into the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station
    • The other end leads into Saint Mark Basin
    • It ranges from 30-70 meters wide (98-230 feet)
    • It is 3,800 meters long (2.36 miles)
    • The canal is lined with many beautiful palaces, churches and buildings dating from the 13th/18th century
    • It has been referred to by many people as the "most beautiful street in the world"
    • There are currently four bridges that cross the canal
      • Rialto Bridge - This is the oldest (construction was completed in 1591) and most famous bridge
      • Scalzi Bridge - Completed in 1934 this connects Santa Croce and Cannaregio
      • Accademia Bridge - If you are at San Marco this will be the first bridge you come to
      • Calatrava Bridge or Constituzione Bridge - This was built in 2008 by Spanish engineer Santiago Calatrava
    • On the first Sunday of September the Historical Regatta ("Regata Storica") takes place on the canal
    • On November 21st people cross a temporary pontoon bridge to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna della Salute
    • You can cross the canal by gondola, traghetti, motorboats or water buses (vaporetti)

        Gondola Rides
      • Day-time rates run about 80 € for 40 minutes, with a maximum of 6 people per gondola (for each additional 20 minutes the cost is an extra 40 €)
      • Night-time rates (from 7pm to 8am) run about 100 € for 40 minutes, with a maximum of 6 people per gondola (for each additional 20 minutes the cost is an extra 50 €)
      • Itineraries can be found on the following website

        Vaporetto Rides
      • You can purchase a one time ticket that lasts 1 hour or you can get yourself a tourist travel card (the travel card can be purchased in different time increments)
      • The ACTV website has additional information on fares, timetables and night service
    The Grand Canal is definitely worth the visit. Although the price of a gondola ride can be pricey the view definitely makes the trip worthwhile.
    "Ciao for now - see you next week for a whole new traveling adventure!"
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