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Neighborhood: Cannaregio
Cannaregio is the second largest sestiere (district) with its busy Santa Lucia train station. Many transplanted Venetians commute from the outlying areas, “terra firma” to the locals, which is shorthand for any place that is not Venice. Two Grand Canal bridges serve Cannaregio, the newest (Constitution, 2008) still a local hotbed of controversy. Ponte degli Scalzi is a busy link to the train station. Nearby shops on the Lista di Spagna offer specialties like pastries and coffee that lure Venetians with a down-to-earth attitude. The Ghetto, where the Jewish population was segregated in Cannaregio, has five historic synagogues with an active Jewish community. The Fondamente Nove bustles with foot traffic to the Rialto and San Marco while vaporettos (water taxis) head to Murano and other islands. Side streets lead into quiet picturesque neighborhoods and palaces like Ca' d'Oro rise directly out of the water.

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David M
Cambridge, UK1,941 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the main streets and you would probably come along this one from the station. Wide variety of shops, bars, restaurants, but usually very crowded. We were staying in an AirBNN in Cannaregio, not far away, so saw it at quieter times as well.
Written February 16, 2020
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Stephanie C
Los Altos, CA38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Cool street with lots of shops restaurants. Definitely a touristy area. You'll also find the cheap gondola rides here. The gondola ride here is only 2 euros but it only takes you across the other side of the canal (very short distance). The gondola ride is not as fancy as the other gondolas but still good. There is a great photo spot nearby.
Written June 18, 2018
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The only "street" in venice, Strada Nova is the one that connects the Port of Venice (naming Piazzale Roma and Train Station) to the heart of Venice. Depending on the time of the day, among the hustle&bustle everyone is telling you about, in the adjoining streets you can discover hidden gems that re not to be missed (see the attached picture)
Written October 4, 2020
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Walking in Venice is a great thing to do. This time we walked everywhere, never even took a Vaporetto.
When you start at the Train Station you can walk along Rio Terà Lista di Spagna, then head on Rio Terà San Leonardo, which turns into this nice street here, the Strada Nova.

It's a nice, long and wide walking street. There's lots to see. Besides the countless cafés and restaurants you have the chain and independent stores, supermarkets and lots of landmarks like the Santa Fosca church with the picturesque Campo Santa Fosca, the San Felice Church, the Santa Sofia Church and the Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale dei Santi Apostoli.

Even you not plan on eating or shopping, the walk itself is worth doing it. Especially when it gets later and the streets are getting less visitors it's a wonderful, romantic walk.
Written January 1, 2019
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,772 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Couples
Although not staying in this area for the past 4 years, we still love taking the waterbus to the Railway Station, then eventually wandering along the Strada Nova in Cannaregio for ‘old times sake’ at least once. The main busy walkway is 10 metres wide/longest 400 metres, running from near the Railway Station down to the Rialto bridge area. Originally dedicated to the King of Italy in 1871, the venetians then renamed it.

Whilst wandering slowly along, the walkway is lined both sides with interesting shops used by ventians, plus masses of tourists shops. My favourites are the fabulous very large mask shop where you can see the owner actually making a mask – we have bought so many things from him. Also Pilon which is a very colourshop modern shop where you can get anything you can think of, but in brilliant colours.

If you can find it, we always have difficulty, there is the small side entrance on the right to the beautiful Ca D’Oro, please make time to pop in a brilliant experience. You may see the odd huge doorway along the walkway to the right and think nothing of it, but this is the rear entrance to a beautiful Palazzo, which when seen from the Grande Canale its truly wonderful. Do not miss the Tragetto crossing situated near the end of Strada Nova where you can cross to the Rialto Market for 2 euros – beware you have to stand.

Whilst wandering you will see locals standing chatting whilst doing there daily shopping, tourist rushing to the railway station, tourists looking for a restaurant – this is a very busy more local part of the city – well worth a visit.
Written March 17, 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,675 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Venetians use the name Strada Nuova to encompass a group of pedestrian streets linked together in a route that goes roughly between Lista di Spagna near the Santa Lucia train station and Campo Santi Apostoli near the Rialto Bridge. This connection, along with the railroad station, went in during the 19th century. Visitors who arrive at the station or Piazzale Roma often follow the course, which runs almost the entire length of the Cannaregio historic district, to more central areas.

The boulevard -- often 32-feet wide -- is lined on both sides with stores, endless souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and the list goes on. It attracts residents and hordes of tourists, who are especially prevalent in summer. In high-tourist season, it seems like one shuffles along the street rather than walks. But my most recent visit occurred in December when the thoroughfare was relatively quiet. I only had to dodge a few produce stalls in the middle of the street. A few residents, nodding to each other, walked their dogs. And the tourists seemed to be a quite manageable size.I found it easy to amble from one side of the street to the other, looking in windows at the ubiquitous paper mache masks, leather goods and jewelry.

Side streets, however, become narrow and winding and often beckon with places to explore, such as the Jewish Quarter and myriad churches. And in December, they proved to be mostly empty.
Written February 6, 2017
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,772 contributions
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Feb 2016 • Couples
The Strada Nova stretches from the Lista di Spagna at the Scalzi Bridge to almost the whole length of the Sestiere although sections of this long walkway have different name, locals call the whole route the Strad Nova This is one of the most important streets in the city, it connects the Port of Venice and Train Station to the heart of Venice.

It is the longest street in Venice apparently 400m in length is narrow at the start, but after the Ponte delle Guglia bridge the Strada Nova opens up into a wide walkway, this area of the city is extremely busy with the railway station nearby. Venetians, hurrying to Rialto or to the station the pedestrian flow here early morning/late afternoon is very heavy, if going in the wrong direction you have to dodge in and out of the crowds. Although sections of this walk have different names, Venetians tend to call the whole route the Strada Nova.

Walking along here is like being on a “boulevard” you will experience the spirit of everyday Venetian life. A non-stop coming/going of locals shopping and tourists just looking, whom you can try to pass or simply watch whilst sitting at a café table. You often have to negotiate elderly venetians who meet friends, stand and chat for what seems ages. You see a variety of small dogs out for a walk with their owners, children shouting on their scooters, roller skates, tourists pulling those dreaded cases with noisy wheels.

Although being a very busy wide walkway ideally for tourists to wander, it is also an important local shopping destination for locals. Like elsewhere in the city useful local shops are steadily being replaced by tourist shops, saying this there are shops where you can buy bedding, old ladies' clothes/shoes, and all sorts of other everyday items. At several areas there are small markets in the centre selling the greatest looking fresh fruit/vegetables, along with tacky souvenier stalls to be avoided.

Here you will find lots of tourist restaurants with pictures of the food displayed (we have not tried them for that reason), a McDonalds, a supermarket, typical high street shops and souvenir shops. The area/small streets just off this route are not Venice's most appealing, very faded and unloved, but they can find some great shops, and small alleys that lead to pretty small canals. Down a narrow alley off the Strada Nova is the Palazzo Abadessa, a faded old palace, but worth a look. Down another one towards the Grande Canale is the hidden entrance to the beautiful Ca d’Oro Palace – well worth a visit, and has great views of the Grande Canale from the balcony.

Although busy with tourists for much of the year, is an important local shopping destination. Lots of wine shops locals arrivd with plastic bottles to be filled with local venetian wine, good ice creams shops. One particular shop we always visit/ love sometimes buy from (I cannot resist) is Ca Macana Atelier an authentic mask shop the owner sits making/painting masks. If in need of a refreshing drink, call at Frulali a great fresh fruit stall about halfway along the Strada Nova

We have stayed at the Principi Hotel at the start of this walk for 18times, but this visit to Venice we stayed in Dorsoduro, but still could not resist another long stroll down Strada Nova for old times sake, and visit our favourite shops.
Written April 4, 2016
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,866 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a typical street full of souvenirs shops. You can pass by but don't buy anything. Also there is a lot of poor people asking for money
Written September 5, 2020
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,942 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a busy street taking one from The train station right up to the Rialto. Many shops, bars and restaurants line the streets together with stalls selling souvenirs.
Written August 24, 2017
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Zenon F
Mississauga, Canada85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Strada Nuova is probably the longest and in certain sections the widest pedestrian street in the Cannaregio district of Venice. You can take a leisurely walk along this street with its many varied shops, restaurants, cafes, gelaterias, small hotels as well as historical buildings and churches, all of which form part of the vibrant Venetian experience of this neighbourhood.
Written May 16, 2016
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