Venice: Places to Explore

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  • Cannaregio

    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... Read more

  • Castello

    Castello, Venice's largest sestiere (district), includes all of the land from east of Piazza San Marco to the city's easternmost tip. Its name probably comes from a fortress that once stood on one of the... Read more

  • Islands of the Lagoon

    The perfect vacation from your Venetian vacation is an escape to Murano, Burano, and sleepy Torcello, the islands of the northern lagoon. Torcello is legendary for its beauty and offers ancient mosaics... Read more

  • Piazza San Marco

    One of the world's most beautiful squares, Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square), a vast open space bordered by an orderly procession of arcades marching toward the fairytale cupolas and marble lacework... Read more

  • San Giorgio Maggiore and the Giudecca

    Beckoning travelers across Saint Mark's Basin, sparkling white through the mist, is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, separated by a small channel from the Giudecca. A tall brick campanile on that distant... Read more

  • San Marco and Dorsoduro

    The sestiere Dorsoduro (named for its "hard back" solid clay foundation) is across the Grand Canal to the south of San Marco. It's a place of monumental churches, meandering canals, modern art galleries... Read more

  • San Polo and Santa Croce

    The two smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts), San Polo and Santa Croce, were named after their main churches, though the Chiesa di Santa Croce was demolished in 1810. The city's most famous bridge... Read more

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