The Grand Canal of Venice | Hotel Sant'Elena
Canal Grande, uno specchio naturale

per i palazzi antichi che vi si affacciano



The Grand Canal


The Grand Canal of Venice

The Grand Canal represents the main artery of the city and it is lined by sumptuous palazzi and case fontego, buildings that served as both homes and businesses with separate water/ground access.


The main museums of the city are also located along the Canal; here’s a list of the ones not to be missed.


  • Palazzo Grassi

Designed by Giorgio Massari, it consists of 5 floors built around an enclosed courtyard. It currently hosts works of the Pinault collection and temporary exhibitions.

  • Ca’ Rezzonico

Its white façade stands out among the row of palazzi overlooking the Grand Canal. The interior is lavishly decorated with fresco paintings and opulent furniture. It currently houses the Museum of 18th century Venice.


  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

The Peggy Guggenheim collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, bought in 1948 by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim who chose to display to the public her incredible collection of modern art.

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Every year during the month of May the museum offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy music and aperitifs in the inner garden, and to admire the artworks at a reduced admission fee.


  • Rialto Bridge

It is the oldest bridge connecting the two banks of the Grand Canal. Originally a pontoon bridge, it lifted to allow sailboat to pass as they made their journey along the Canal. Built in 1591 by the official architect of the Republic of Venice Antonio da Ponte, it is known worldwide for the two rows of shops built along the sides of the bridge.


  • Accademia Art Gallery

The Gallerie dell’Accademia house the largest collection of paintings of the Venetian School, ranging from the early gothic-byzantine to 18th century styles.