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They call it the city of a thousand bridges or the queen of the sea: Venice is a marvel that you must discover getting lost for its characteristic "Campi" and "Calli", enjoying the local cuisine and the typical Venetian hospitality. Summer, winter and spring: Any season is perfect to enjoy this thousand-year-old wonder.
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Dorsoduro is located in the southeast part of Venice and includes Giudecca island. The name of this sestiere in Italian comes from the words “osso duro”, which means hard bone, in reference to the harder soil in this part of the city and because it is also on higher ground than the rest of the city’s neighborhoods.
This neighborhood is home to the University of Venice, and is where most students prefer to live. Packed with young people, this district has become a cool, artsy, lively and trendy area.
Castello is the largest of Venice’s six sestieri. The neighbourhood is divided into various contrasting areas, some very touristy and others not at all. The frontier with San Marco is very popular among the visitors, since it is very close to the Doge’s Palace.
However, Castello is also home to the Arsenale, which used to be the largest shipyard in Venice. This area is not very appealing, especially compared to the rest of Venice. Every odd-numbered year, the Venice Biennale takes place in the Arsenale.
The neighborhood of Cannaregio is in the northernmost part of Venice, located just above the Grand Canal. It is one of the largest and most populated sestieri.
This authentic and less touristy area is where several notable Italians have lived throughout the centuries, including Marco Polo, Titian and Tintoretto.
The sestiere San Polo was founded in the surroundings of the ancient Rialto Bridge. The city’s first inhabitants believed it to be a good location to settle in since the land was higher and never flooded.
Situated in the center of Venice, San Polo is the smallest of the six districts, as well as one of the oldest. Venice’s central market was established in 1097 in the area and still exists to this day. San Polo is currently one of the liveliest areas in Venice, packed with stores, markets and top attractions.
The neighborhood of San Marco is named after the patron saint of the city. It is without a doubt the heart of Venice and although it is one of the smallest sestieri, it houses most of the city’s landmarks.
It is the most popular tourist area and during certain seasons, especially during the summer months, the area can become a little oppressive. But, nevertheless, it is still one of the most charming districts.
Santa Croce is located on the north-west part of Venice. Curiously, it is the only neighborhood in Venice where cars can travel. If you get to Venice by plane, Santa Croce is the first district you will see as it houses Piazzale Roma, the large square where the central bus station is. Several buses a day connect Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport with Piazzale Roma.
The most important landmarks are in the district’s eastern part, although you will also find some interesting things to see in the center. These two areas in Santa Croce have charming winding streets and are worth exploring. However, we do not recommend visiting the west part of the district, as it is very industrialized and has very little to see.