Grand Canal (Canal Grande), the major waterway which connects Venice’s main attractions, is the city’s most photographed sight! It is no coincidence that, at the peak of the Venetian empire, all the respected and powerful families had to live in a palazzo on the banks of the Canal.

Nowadays, you can explore the treasures lined side by side by hopping on a vaporetto, a gondola or a water taxi from St Mark’s square and head towards Porta Roma. Along the way, you will marvel at the magnificent palazzi, built in different architectural styles.

The most notable and stunning of them are Palazzo Corner della Ca' Grande, Palazzo Grassi, Ca' Foscari and Ca' d'Oro. Also, some of them are open to the public or operate as museums, giving you the chance to explore their interiors, which are equally lavish.