Venice is a lovely and romantic city which every traveler should visit. Although the city may not seem that big, it’s actually a large city made up of various neighborhoods, or sestieri, on a lagoon. Today, we are going to tell you more about the main districts so that you can find the one that fits your personality.
We are starting off with the most famous and the one which every traveler to the City of Canals visits. Here you will have a number of world-famous landmarks right outside your front door. St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark’s Basilica, the city’s most famous church and a great example of Byzantine architecture, as well as the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge are right here. You will also find Harry’s Bar, the birthplace of the Bellini.
If you like luxury shopping and spending money, this might be the spot for you.
Although it is the smallest and oldest sestiere, it holds a number of landmarks: the Rialto Bridge, the Campo San Polo, the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Church, where you can see amazing works by Titian, and the San Rocco Church with works by Tintoretto.
Like San Marco, it is extremely popular but very close to the city’s most important sights. Stay here, if you want to be close to all the action.
Here you’ll find a more “authentic” experience of life in Venice, since this is where the majority of Venetians live. It is home to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto, which is one of the oldest in Europe, and the beautiful Ca d’Oro palace. The Renaissance Church of Santa Maria del Miracoli and the Church of Madonna dell’Orto, where you can view some of Tintoretto’s most famous works, are also here.
Although this neighborhood might be farther away from the main tourist attractions (but still within walking distance), it will give you a closer look at how the locals live.
The Castello neighborhood, the largest sestiere, is another neighborhood for those looking for something different. It is home to the Venice Biennale and the Venetian Armorale, a complex of state-owned shipyards and armories. The Church of San Zaccaria houses some of the artist Giovanni Bellini’s best works. And there’s also the Scuola Grande di San Marco and the Church of Santa Maria Formosa.
If you want to interact with the locals and get away from the crowds of tourists, look for an apartment away from the eastern part of the neighborhood where there tend to be more tourists.
If you like art, you may want to stay in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. A short walk outside your door, you will find the Accademia, Venice’s famous art gallery. Afterwards, head over to the Church of San Sebastiano to see works by Veronese and Titian. Another day can be spent wandering around the galleries full of modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum.
In addition, this neighborhood has a great nightlife with an abundance of fun bars and restaurants around Campo Santa Margherita.
This sestiere is within walking distance to the main port and Piazzale Roma, which functions as the main bus station. There are fewer tourists here and accommodations are usually cheaper.
Sights include the San Giacomo dell’Orio Church and the Fondaco dei Turchi palazzo, which now houses the Museum of Natural History.
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