Venice: Places to Explore

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Cannaregio

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Seen from above, this part of town seems like a wide field plowed by several long, straight canals that are linked by intersecting straight streets—not typical of Venice, where the shape of the islands usually defines the shape of the canals. Cannaregio's main thoroughfare, the Strada Nova (literally, "New Street," as it was opened in 1871), is the longest street in Venice. It runs parallel to the Grand Canal, and was once a canal itself. Today it's lined with fruit and vegetable stalls (near Ponte delle Guglie), quiet shops, gelaterias, and bakeries, and serves as a pedestrian walkway from the train station almost to the Rialto.

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