The Grand Canal is a canal that creates a water-traffic corridor in the city of Venice. It is located in Venice, Italy. The Canal is said to follow the course of an ancient river that flows into the lagoon. However, settlements around the Canal date between the 13th and 18th centuries.
Why it is special: A 3.8-km long ‘S’-shaped stretch through the city of Venice, the Grand Canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station on one end and Saint Mark Basin on the other end. 170 buildings line the banks of the Canal depicting welfare and art symbolic of Venice. 30 to 90 metres in width, the Canal is used as a vital traffic corridor with public transport in the form of water buses and private water taxis made available.