VENICE, ITALY
«Canal Grande»

Photos © Ruud Leeuw


 
Venice: I cannot think of anyone who may not have heard of this Italian City.
Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man".

On this visit to Venice I went on an extensive visit, also visiting places such as Murano, Burano and a few places in Cannaregio & San Marco. But each day the Canal Grande is slightly different and no visit should exclude a few trips up and down this famous waterway.
I hope you will enjoy my report on 'La Serenissima'!

Canal Grande, Venice
View from Ponte dell'Accademia looking out on Canal Grande, with Basilica di Santa Maria
della Salute dominating the skyline.

Canal Grande, Venice
View towards the Ponte dell'Accademia.

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As one can see it is not always crowded on the Canal Grande.

 


 

 

 

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Ponte degli Scalzi, seen from the Vaporetti, moving away from Ferrovia.

Canal Grande, Venice

This photo was taken from the Ponte degli Scalzi.
The church there on the left is the San Geremia church; it was founded in the 11th Century by Mauro Tosello and his son Bartolomeo, who used it to house the arm of St Bartholomew that they had brought from Apulia in 1043.
More about the church and the Campanile: www.churchesofvenice.co.uk/cannaregio.htm#sanger

 

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San Geremia church, same as mentioned above; it was dedicated to the prophet Jeremiah, an old testament figure.


 

 

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A church with a rather playful front (en.wikipedia.org: San_Marcuola).

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One statue missing, I cannot but wonder if it has been stolen, sold or what?

Canal Grande, Venice
'Venezia è Laguna': meaning?

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A beautiful detail, must be a Palazzo!

Canal Grande, Venice
Looking at this photo you would not deny the theory Venice is sinking! But in truth I think these are or were an
entrance for gondolas or small boats; one seems to have been bricked up. 'Parrochia di S Stefano' states
the sign, but I don't think the building has a religious function anymore.
The location is just a bit short of the S.Marcuola-Casino Vaporetti stop.

Canal Grande, Venice
Very nice details on Palazzo Salviati (Dorsoduro). Across the S.Maria del Giglio stop of the Vaporetti.
Not far from Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. One can travel up and down the Grand Canal
and each time you will discover new details on each and every trip.


 

 

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Just like on roads, these waterways have 'road signs' too.

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Not all water traffic is glamorous!
These 'working class' boats are called 'topomoto' or 'mototopo'; it is sort of compound word in
Italian fusing motore (motor) and topo (rat): ratboats.


 

 

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Probably the busiest gondola station: St. Mark's Square / Piazza San Marco.
See my page on 'Gondolas & the Vaporetti'

 

 

Canal Grande, Venice
There is no avoiding this stop 'Salute', for a visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

The original monastery and church on this site, dedicated to The Holy Trinity, was given by Venice to the Teutonic Knights in 1256 in gratitude for their help in the war against Genoa. Suppression by Pope Clement XVI followed in 1592 and the complex returned to the patriarchate of Venice. This original complex was demolished in order that this church be built to hasten and celebrate the end of the last great plague of 1630-31 which had taken 46,000 people, 30% of Venice’s population. Sources and more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Salute http://www.churchesofvenice.co.uk/dorsoduro.htm#salute

 

Canal Grande, Venice