Italian Canal Grande, the largest bridged waterway in Venice, which winds its way through the main part of the city in a reversed S shape, starting near the Tronchetto car parks and the railway station at Santa Lucia to the north and emerging onto the deep water channel (the Canale di San Marco/Canale di Giudecca) at the Riva dei Schiavoni by Piazza San Marco to the south. It is crossed by three bridges, the Ponte dei Scalzi close to the station, the Rialto close to its midpoint on the core tourist route between the outside world and San Marco, and the Ponte dell'Accademia at the southern end. Many vaporetto routes pass through it, and the cheapest way to taste the gondola experience is to take a quick ferry trip across it.