One of Venice’s most popular attractions, this “S” shape canal measures over two miles in length. The Grand Canal banks are lined with more than 170 beautiful buildings, most of which date back to the 13th through the 18th centuries and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos such as the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. These spectacular buildings never fail to mesmerize their visitors.