You need to explore this neighborhood!! Try every single Calle, eat the sliced pizzas, try the bars... So many to choose from. Not as crowded as San Marco, which is amazing.
Every guidebook will tell you to wander around Venice, and it's true. That's where the charm of Venice lies. We did two different walks, one in Dorsoduro on a Sunday morning and one in Santa Croce/San Polo on Monday afternoon. I would do Dorsoduro on another day, it was pretty sleepy on a Sunday morning, and the Ca Macan mask... More
Be sure to get off the main route between Pizzale Roma and Rialto Bridge to see quieter locales where the Venetians live, work and play. Get lost walking the back streets and visiting the shops where the locals go, not the touristy souvenir shops where each sells exactly the same junk as the one next door. Two of our favorite... More
We stayed in an apartment in San Polo and were so glad to be away from the tourists and see how real Venetians live. There are wonderful sites here (Frari Church, Scuola di Grande San Rocco, etc.), and wonderful restaurants, shops, street musicians.Get out of St. Mark's Square and the Rialto and see the real deal!
This is an interesting neighbourhood that we visited several times during our stay in Venice - it is a lot more that a through route from Piazzale Roma to Rialto Bridge. There are many churches and museums - in addition, the canals are beautiful - many places to eat or just to stop and admire the view.
We visited the San Polo area of Venice a couple times during our recent trip to Venice. Beside the other nice attractions there, what really impressed us the most was the Campo San Polo during this past Carnival holiday. We enjoyed a makeshift puppet show here as well as a very nice organic food (meat, cheese, chocolates and other goodies)... More
This to me is the most interesting sestieri in the whole of Venice. A dozen or so churches,and half a dozen or so museums and galleries, all the life of venice is here, from the hustle bustle of the rialto and the markets through the never ending myriad of narrow alleyways that always seem to be leading out on to... More
This church is often scurried past by tourists quickly in transit from Rialto to the Accacemia or San Marco but do yourself a favour and pop in. The Chorus Pass gets you into this church and in less than an hour you can take in the Stations of the Cross by Tiepolo and a version of The Last Supper by... More
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