Canale Grande - Venice's version of Main Street, slices through the heart of the city, dividing it in two. It is crossed by three bridges and seven ferry points. The canal is lined with magnificent palaces, built over the course of 500 years and each a masterpiece of architecture and style. During the day, the canal is as busy as the main street of any city, with water busses, taxis, ferries, and gondolas motoring up and down the waterway. At night, the Grand Canal is the definition of romance, with its open air restaurants and lights twinkling on the water.