The Canal Grande of Venice, also known as Canalasso, is the main canal of the city. When you decide to take a tour on the sea using one of the tour boats or gondolas, you will be on the Grand Canal witnessing the most beautiful sights and scenes Venice has to offer.
The Vivaldi Museum in Venice actually features the history of the Pieta Orphanage as well as a vast assortment of Baroque music instruments. This would be a great site to see when in Italy on vacation.
The traditional Historical Reggata in Venice starts out with a Bissone, Bucintoro, and rowboat procession on the water on the Grand Canal. This would be a great event to take your kids to when you are on your trip in Italy this September.