- Dorsoduro. Visitors head here for top sights like the Santa Maria della Salute, the Gallerie dell'Accademia, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection; Venetians relax in the lively Campo San Margarita and stroll on the Zattere promenade.
- San Polo. Two of Venice’s great treasure houses, the Frari church and the Scuola di San Rocco, rise above bustling streets near the Rialto fish and produce markets.
- Santa Croce. The main attractions of this residential district are the baroque church of San Stae and the lovely and peaceful Campo San Giacomo all’Orio.
- Cannaregio. The sunny Fondamenta della Misericordia is a hub of restaurants and cafés, the Jewish Ghetto reveals a fascinating history.
- Castello. This workaday district is home to the churches of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Carpaccio’s paintings in the Scuola di San Giorgio, and the Quirini Stampalia gallery.
- San Giorgio Maggiore. This island across from Piazza San Marco is graced with Palladio’s magnificent church.
- The Giudecca. Palladio’s elegant Redentore church is the major landmark on this large island where the main attractions are the wonderful views of Venice.
- The Lido. This barrier island closes the Venetian lagoon off from the Adriatic and is Venice’s beach, with bathing establishments and turn-of-the-20th-century villas.
- Islands of the Northern Lagoon. Torcello, even older than Venice, has a romantic atmosphere and a mosaic-rich cathedral; Murano is the center of the Venetian glass industry; colorful Burano is the center of lace production; and San Michele is the cemetery island.
- Side Trips. To the west of Venice are three great art cities: Padua, noted for Giotto's frescoes in the Cappella degli Scrovegni; Vicenza, bearing the signature of the great 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio; and Verona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Italy. The Friuli–Venezia Giulia area bears the mark of the Romans (in Aquileia), the 18th-century painter Gianbattista Tiepolo (in Udine), and Habsburg nobility (in Trieste).
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