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Guide to Venice Neighborhoods & Canals

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Want to experience one of the most magical destinations on earth? Visit Venice, Italy a city emblematic of culture, power of imagination and art. Sitting in Adriatic Sea like a vision, it is an attestation to humans’ spirit of invention ingenuity. Magnificent stone buildings sit on water, many boats traverse Venice canals like buses and cars on normal crowded streets.

Venice Canals
To comprehend Venice, start by understanding the canals. Canals are spaces between the buildings that crowd the banks and are about 10 to 15 feet deep. Venice has over 150 canals that are spanned by more than 400 bridges. Grand Canal is the largest canal in Venice. It is about 3 kilometres long and runs through the city from the train station to the Santa Maria de Salute church. Canals are the main mode of transport within Venice. Gondolas, garbage, workboats, ambulances, freight barges and motoscafi are used to navigate the narrow waterways.

Venice neighborhoods and canals(photo by: Jo°Co)

Venice neighbourhood
Venice is divided into six neighbourhoods. They include:

San Marco
San Marco is the heart of Venice. It has most visitors since it hosts St. Mark’s square, Venice’s main square. There are beautiful historical buildings like the St. Mark’s Basilica, the campanile commonly known as the bell tower, the Doge’s palace and correr museum and classy cafes, some with live performances around the square.

Dorsoduro
Dorsoduro is near the Piazzale Roma where taxis and buses arrive. It is home to two top museums in Venice, Guggenheim art collection and the Accademia museum. It’s bounded by the Guidecca canal that offers a scenic and tranquil walkway. It is home to most Venice’s universities and is ideal for nightlife lovers.

San polo
San polo is connected to San Marco by the rialto bridge across the Grand Canal. San polo has the biggest fish market in Venice and an open air vegetable and fruits market. It has many food shops, quality restaurants and bars. It is small but pretty.

Santa Croce
It is next to San Polo neighbourhood and the closest if arriving in Venice by taxi or bus. It is among the oldest and least toured areas in Venice. However, it is home to one of the most elegant restaurants in Venice, La Zucca.

Cannaregio
It is a large neighbourhood that stretches from the Rialto Bridge to Santa Lucia train station. It has a local flavor since most people reside there and has picturesque canals and squares. It hosts the Jewish ghetto and has many bars and cafes.

Castello
Castello is located on the other side of San Marco and is home to Arsenale an interesting museum and old ship yard.

Consider a holiday in Venice if you enjoy nightlife, beaches or film festivals. A stay at Hotel Campiello, Zaguri bed and breakfast or VIP Venice apartments would make your holiday in Venice unforgettable.

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