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Venice Sestiere Map
This sestiere map shows the location of each neighborhood in Venice. Although San Marco is the most visited by tourists, each sestiere has its own unique character and tourist sites. The train station is in Cannaregio. On the same side of the Grand Canal are San Marco and Castello. Santa Croce, across the Grand Canal from the train station, is closest to the bus and taxi arrivals at Piazzale Roma. San Polo and the Dorsoduro are across the canal from St. Mark's.
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San Marco Sestiere
San Marco is the heart of Venice and the sestiere most visited by tourists. Piazza San Marco, St. Mark's square, is Venice's main square. Around the square are elegant historic buildings and expensive cafes, some with live music in the evening, and the main tourist sites of Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile (bell tower), and the Correr Museum.
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Dorsoduro, a large sestiere across the Accademia Bridge from San Marco, is close to Piazzale Roma where buses and taxis arrive. Its home to the Accademia Museum and Guggenheim Art Collection, two of Venice's top museums. Its bounded on one side by the Guidecca Canal and the walkway along the canal is tranquil and scenic. Much of Venice's university is in Dorsoduro. Campo Santa Margherita is a popular spot during the day and has a fish and vegetable market. It's one of the best areas for nightlife, too.
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San Polo Sestiere
The Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal connects San Marco and San Polo, one of the oldest parts of Venice. At the foot of the Rialto Bridge in San Polo is the huge Venice fish market and open-air vegetable market, a good place to visit in early morning. San Palo has many food shops and bars and very good restaurants. It's a small but pretty sestiere with remnants of its medieval roots. The Frari church holds some Titian masterpieces.
San Polo has fewer hotels but there are some good bargains here. It's also a good place for a quieter gondola ride such as the Hidden Venice gondola ride that can be booked through Select Italy.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Santa Croce Sestiere
Santa Croce is next to San Palo along the Grand Canal. If you're arriving in Venice by bus or taxi this is the closest sestiere. Santa Croce is one of the least touristy parts of Venice and another of the oldest areas. The oldest parts of the University are in Santa Croce. It's home to one of Venice's most expensive restaurants, la Zucca, but also many good pizzerie.
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Cannaregio, across the Grand Canal from Santa Croce, is a large sestiere that stretches from Santa Lucia train station to the Rialto Bridge. The Cannaregio Canal is the second largest in Venice and it connects the lagoon with the Grand Canal. Cannaregio has picturesque squares and canals and many residents live in this sestiere, giving it local flavor. The Jewish Ghetto is here and Fondamenta Misercordia is a good place to find restaurants. There are many shops, cafes, and wine bars.
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Castello, on the other side of San Marco, is home to the Arsenale, the old shipyard and an interesting museum. It's an interesting area to walk around and as you get farther from San Marco you'll see few tourists. Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a pleasant spot. Boats for the islands of Murano and Burano leave from Fondamenta Nove, the walkway along the Northern lagoon.
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Islands of the Venetian lagoon can easily be visited from Venice. Murano, home of glass making, and the colorful island of Burano are the most popular.
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See our Venice Travel guide for useful visiting information including getting to Venice, sight-seeing, eating, festivals, and shopping.