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San Polo

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Venice district that offers many interesting historic sites such as the...

Venice district that offers many interesting historic sites such as the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, thought to be the oldest church in Venice.

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A nice area in Venezia

A maze of narrow paths like elsewhere in Venezia, but nice and a good way to also see some real people and how they live, not only tourist shops.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
Bodø, Norway
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Bodø, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

A maze of narrow paths like elsewhere in Venezia, but nice and a good way to also see some real people and how they live, not only tourist shops.

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This church takes its name from the district in which it is located - San Polo. Inside there is a ship's keel ceiling. There are are two Tintoretto paintings, as well as works of art by other Venetian painters. Entrance was included in my Venezia Unica city pass.

3 Thank luvroma2
Bangkok, Thailand
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

With so many people visiting Venice you can still find a peaceful place in San Polo. It has typical Venetian Architecture around. A quaint and beautifully architectured place. Best way to explore is foot just like whole of Venice

1 Thank amigotarun
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

San Polo is a modest 9th century Byzantine brick church. The interior has a ship’s keel roof and was restored in 1804 by Davide Rossi. On the left wall near the entrance is a Last Supper by Tintoretto, while the first altarpiece on the left is attributed to his studio. Inside, follow the signs for the Via Crucis del Tiepolo,... More 

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Settle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

San Polo is a nice district of Venice to explore, far less busy than the main tourist areas and offering some delightful and charming churches, homes, restaurants and bars to see.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

San Polo is a district in Venice situated on the west side of the Grand Canal, bordering Santa Croce to the west and linking to San Marco district via the Rialto Bridge to the east. It is a nice place to spend time and there are some very good attractions to see in the area. In San Polo we much... More 

1 Thank BradJill
Anna Maria Island, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

The San Polo is remarkable for two things: the ancient Roman - style design, and the woman who tried to sell a multi church package to a nice couple ahead of us in line, and then tried the same thing with me. I said, 'No, only this church, please, for two people.' Gave her a 50-Euro note, expecting 44 back.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Buy a Chorus ticket, and get free entry to 16 churches in Venice. St Polo has a great collection of church art, including works by Tintoretto and Tiepolo. There are 14 paintings of the Stations of the Cross as well. The church is in a nice, quiet area of Venice - a welcome escape from the crowds of St Mark's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

If you get tired of San Marco crowds and want to see the quiet and relaxed part of Venice, you should definitely visit San Polo neighborhood. Super charming, less touristic, ideal for a walk or getting lost in the narrow streets.

2 Thank Julia K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Very special area. Full of character, great restaurants and vibrancy:) Cannot go wrong having a adventure on foot here!!

3 Thank Bubblymakesmesmile

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The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighborhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.