Canal Grande di Murano (Grand Canal of Murano) is the main watercourse of Murano, which flows from east to west for about 1.3 kilometers, dividing the island in two.
From east to west, the canal has three distinctive parts: Canale San Giovanni, Canale Ponte Longo and Canale degli Angeli.
The first part, Canale San Giovanni, flows from south to north, has a length of about 300 meters and a width of 60-70 meters. At one point, Canale San Giovanni intersects with Canale di San Donato, which flows to the northeast, and changes its course to the west, transforming into Canale Ponte Longo.
The second part, Canale Ponte Longo, has a length of about 300 meters and a width of about 40 meters. It stretches from the intersection with Canale di San Donato up to Ponte Longo, the only bridge crossing the Grand Canal of Murano.
After the bridge, to the west, there is the third part of Canal Grande di Murano: Canale degli Angeli. This part has a length of about 700 meters, and a width between 40 and 150 meters. It flows into the Venetian Lagoon, west of Murano.
The only bridge over the Grand Canal of Murano is Ponte Longo (Long Bridge), also known as Ponte Vivarini. The single-span bridge was built from iron in 1866.
After the bridge, to the west, on the southern bank of the Grand Canal, there is a beautiful Gothic palace, Palazzo da Mula, built in the 12th century.
Near the end of the canal, to the west, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli can be seen on the right.
HOW TO GET THERE
From east to west, the Grand Canal of Murano has 4 vaporetto stops: Murano Navagero, Murano Museo, Murano da Mula and Murano Venier. If you want to admire Murano from the Grand Canal, you can take one of the waterbuses 3, 4.1 and 4.2 from any of the aforementioned stops.
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