Cannaregio is one of six sestieri of Venice. It's the large northern piece of the town, between the lagoon and the Grand Canal. It runs from the railway station in the west to the Rialto Bridge in the east. The Cannaregio Canal is the second largest canal in Venice. Some notable sites to see are Ca' d'Oro, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Campo dei Mori, Tintoretto’s House, Jewish Ghetto, Madonna dell'Orto, The Casino, plus more. Its bars, restaurants and shops are great places to taste local life. Cannaregio has some of the most picturesque canals and campi.
On Rio de la Sensa, you will be able to walk by the house of Tintoretto with his craft’s emblems carved on the front of the building. Here the painter Jacopo Robusti, better known as Il Tintoretto, lived from 1574 until his death twenty years later. He is buried in his favorite church not very far from his house, Madonna de l'Orto, where many of his paintings can be admired.
In the Fondamenta dei Mori in the Cannaregio district you will find an interesting shrine. It is close to Tintoretto’s house and Campo dei Mori. It is right under the street sign. The shrine has a very reflective glass. It will take you a long time before you get the image of the Pieta relief inside – it looks really cool and interesting.
Campo dei Mori is a fascinating campo with a story. The statues of three Moors, plus their servant, seem to come alive from the walls of the buildings. According to the legend, the Mori were three brothers from Morea/Peloponese - Sandi, Afani and Rioba Mastelli. Silk and spice merchants, they moved to Venice in 1112, where they built Palazzo Mastelli as the seat of their business. The legend goes that the three brothers were turned to stone on account of their greed. Brothers Mastell, however, became notorious for their shady dealings and eager participation in Doge Dondolo's sacking of Constantinople. Another legend says Maria Maddalena herself turned them into stone for their hard-hearted business dealings.
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