6 Must-See Venice Neighborhoods and How to Visit
For more than 1,000 years, Venice has been divided into six key sestieri (districts): San Marco, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Castello, Cannaregio, and Santa Croce. But among these are a wealth of smaller neighborhoods and islands. Here are six areas every traveler in Venice needs to know.
For artisan goods and beautiful snaps.
One of a cluster of islands to the north of the city proper, Murano is actually a series of smaller islands linked by bridges. Artisans have created handblown glass here since the 13th century, and you can still watch craftsmen in action to this day.
For IG-worthy pics and delicate textiles.
For great food and Venetian history.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, a section of Cannaregio was reserved for Jewish people. Despite the devastation of the Nazi occupation, the Venice Jewish Ghetto still home to historic synagogues, pawn shops, and more, as well as kosher restaurants and eateries serving Venetian Jewish favorites.
For the best of Venice in one convenient location.
The beating heart of Venice, San Marco is home to the city’s top sights: St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, La Fenice Opera House, and much, much more. It’s also the city’s shopping capital, with local crafts and international brand names sitting side by side on its charismatic streets.
For small but mighty appeal.
For fantastic food and transport connections.
The biggest and most populated of Venice’s neighborhoods, Cannaregio houses the train station, the Venice Jewish Ghetto, and a wealth of backstreets and squares. Less crowded than the more central districts, it’s also an excellent foodie destination.
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