Districts of Venice
by Loris on Feb 7, 2017
The mystery and awe of Venice are certainly not one of the world’s best-kept secret. The beauty of the six sestieri of Venice is also legendary. Sestieri simply means six districts, and here is what each sestieri has to offer:
Cannaregio is authentic and is off-the-beaten-path. It’s the best place to stay if you want to mix with the locals and enjoy Venice in its natural splendor. The winding alleyways and the charm of the peeling buildings on the streets make walking through the city a magical experience. This is the home of the Jewish Ghetto in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
All roads in Venice lead to San Marco. The main Venice tourist attractions, such as St. Mark Basilica and Square, Harry’s Bar, Rialto Bridge, and Doge’s Palace, are here. San Marco is a must-visit regardless of where you stay.
Dorsoduro is home to the authentic Venetian life; yet rivals San Marco as the most visited sestieri because it’s the home of David Michelangelo. Exploring this city through its narrow walk is a delight.
Imagine children playing football in piazzas and old women gossiping through the window. Imagine exclusive artworks, glamorous houses, and scenic monuments and architecture. That’s what Castello is about: One sestieri, two realities. The east of Castello is traditional and authentic, while the west is elegant and touristic. Notable attractions are the Arsenale and a view of the Sant’Elena Pine Forest.
San Polo is the smallest sestiere but famed for the Rialto Bridge, the oldest bridge in Venice. The Ponte Della Donna Onesta where there is a stone face on the wall and Campo San Paolo where bullfights used to take place are the other worthy attractions.
Santa Croce is a mainly a transport hub. Places such as Venice Museum of Modern Art in Baroque Ca’Pesaro Palace are worth a visit, but its attraction is that it’s the only part of Venice not considered a tourist attraction.
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