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Best Areas to Travel to in Venice
Venice is an ethereal city whose beauty is unparalleled. From the stunning canals to the incredible St. Mark Square, the city is full of history, culture, and astounding architecture. There are numerous areas in Venice to explore - here are some of our top picks:
San Marco is the most famous neighborhood in Venice and a go-to spot for many first-time visitors. The area is home to the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and the square itself - a hub of activity and a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The streets are lined with high-end shops, restaurants, and hotels, and the atmosphere is always buzzing.
Cannaregio is a local neighborhood that feels a world away from the crowds of San Marco. It is the largest of Venice's six districts and is full of narrow alleyways, quaint bridges, and small canals that are perfect for exploring on foot. The area is also home to the Jewish ghetto, which is now a historic district with museums and synagogues.
Dorsoduro is a district that's known for its art and cultural offerings. The district is home to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which houses modern European and American art. The area is also home to several well-respected art schools, including the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. In Dorsoduro, there are plenty of charming squares, bars, and cafes to explore.
Castello is an authentic neighborhood that's off the beaten path for most tourists. The area is largely residential, and many of its streets are virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Castello is home to the Arsenale, a former shipyard of Venice, which now houses the Venice Biennale art exhibition. The neighborhood is perfect for those looking to get off the beaten track and enjoy Venice's quieter side.
Santa Croce is a neighborhood that is often overlooked by visitors, but it shouldn't be. The area is home to the famous Rialto Market, where visitors can get fresh produce, seafood, and flowers. The neighborhood is also home to numerous historic churches, including the Church of San Giacomo dell'Orio, which dates back to the 9th century. It's a great place to wander and explore on foot.
In conclusion, Venice is a city full of wonders and amazing neighborhoods. While San Marco is a must-visit for any first-time visitor, don't be afraid to venture to other areas of the city. These neighborhoods offer something unique, whether it's art, history, or culture, and they should not be missed.