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Names of the Palaces of the Grand Canal in Venice. A Tagged Map

While riding the vaporetto water-bus along the Canal Grande, Venice’s Grand Canal, have you ever wondered what the names of those marvelous palaces are?

We provide two maps of the palaces of the Grand Canal in Bing maps. The two maps show the West bank and the East bank of the Grand Canal, respectively: Palaces of the Grand Canal 1 – West Bank    Palaces of the Grand Canal 2 – East Bank. Zoom in until you can see the front of the palaces (from the waterfront).

Also, a map with the names of the palaces on the Grand Canal   in Bing Maps  for both banks

Most Venetian palace names begin with the word Ca’ which simply means “house” or casa, in Italian, which is shortened into ca’  and followed by the name of the original owners of the homestead – e.g. Ca’ Marcello would be the ancestral dwelling of the Marcello family.

Further reading

If you are interested in discovering curious stories  about the Grand Canal and its beautiful palaces, we recommend this book:

Alberto Toso Fei’s The Secrets of the Grand Canal

which provides little-known, interesting stories and legends on many of the most remarkable palaces and places along Venice’s Grand Canal, on the people who built them and called them home. Concise but well-documented. Also provides a map of the Grand Canal with reference.


If you are interested in curious itineraries and good eat-outs to explore when in Venice, we highly recommend

The secret Venice of Corto Maltese by Lele Vianello and Guido Fuga:

Following the imaginary footsteps of the world-renown comics character Corto Maltese, and the real likes and promenades of his creator, Hugo Pratt, this book suggests seven itineraries, seven doors  that provide access to some of the most intimate places, venues, and eateries in Venice.  The itineraries are pivoted on good places where you can eat true Venetian food and the text is interspersed with historical and literary information, providing anecdotes about curious artifacts, ancient relics from Venice distant past that have survived to this day and have an interesting story to tell, and which you would never imagine existed unless you are a local.

Venice map on mobile TuttoCitta’ app – A good alternative to Google Maps, with EVENTS around you!

With its newest release of the Google Map for mobile devices, Google is not doing a great service to Venice sightseers. The new look of the map at its highest resolution has confusing graphics,  which make it difficult to recognize where streets are and are not. In Venice, at night, in not-so-well-lit -though safe- streets confusing a canal for a tiny, narrow alley may result in getting an unwanted dive or ending up in a cul-de-sac. Here is an example of what you get to see in Venice on an Android device and Google Maps


Can you make it out where streets exactly are and are not? Can you easily spot which way to go through the maze? We can’t, maybe you’re better than us. Hopefully, Google will amend this sooner or later … in the meanwhile, a useful alternative, especially if you are in a hurry and need to get somewhere quickly, an all-Italian free map solution comes to help: TUTTOCITTA’ (web-based). It is also available as an app for smartphones, tablet computers etc.

You can download the free TuttoCitta’ Android app here.

The iPhone, iPad etc app is available here.

Furthermore, TuttoCitta’ can show EVENTS around you!

TuttoCitta’ has a long history, and has helped Italians find their ways across major and minor cities and towns for decades.

Here is how the same area as above looks in TuttoCitta’


As you can see, here you can easily make out streets, buildings, and canals. And TuttoCitta’ has a streetview-like layer of its own too! An additional useful feature of TuttoCitta’ map of Venice is that it also shows (some) street numbers.  Venice has a very peculiar way of giving street numbers to its buildings… numeration of buildings is not based on the street in which the buildings are, but on the neighborhood. Venice is divided into six neighborhoods, the sestieri (pl.), each building in a sestiere (neighborhood) is given a number, which sometimes makes it  hard to find where the building corresponding to a specific address actually is, because the numbers do not get back to count one as you move from street to street. Ask Venetian postmen, who have very detailed maps of the city to be able to deliver mail.

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