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Itineraries & Tours

San Marco Itinerary

San Marco is one of the six sestieri of Venice, lying in the heart of the city as the main place of Venice. San Marco also includes the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Although the district includes Saint Mark's Square, that was never administered as part of the sestiere. The area is densely built and is now heavily touristed.

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San Polo Itinerary

San Polo is the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice, covering 35 hectares along the Grand Canal. It is one of the oldest parts of the city, having been settled before the ninth century, when it and San Marco formed part of the Realtine Islands. The sestiere is named for the Church of San Polo.

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Santa Croce Itinerary

The sestiere of Santa Croce is the north-east of the city and via Piazzale Roma it connects Venice to the mainland. All this area has been subject to many demolitions and transformations, starting in 1810 with the demolition of the church and monastery of of Santa Croce, which gave their name to the district.

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Dorsoduro Itinerary

Dorsoduro, one of the six sestieri of Venice, includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca island and Sacca Fisola island. Its name derives from the Italian for "hard ridge", due to its comparatively high, stable land. The original heart of the area was the Giudecca Canal, along which building were constructed.

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Cannaregio Itinerary

Cannaregio is the northernmost of the six historic districts of Venice. It is the second largest sestiere by land area and the largest by population. San Michele island, the historic cemetery, is associated with the district. The Cannaregio Canal gave the district its name (Canal Regio is Italian for Royal Canal).

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Castello Itinerary

The sestiere of Castello was one of the earliest parts of Venice to be settled (fifth to sixth centuries). The district takes its name from the castle that stood there and which provided defence from attacks from the sea. Here is the ancient Arsenal, that was an essential part of the life of the repubblica.

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Giudecca Itinerary

The island of the Giudecca - the largest of the islands of Venice and the nearest to the historic centre - owes its name, according to some, to very early settlement by a Jewish community, as demonstrated by the existence of two synagogues, now demolished, and by the discovery of a stone with a Jewish inscription in the area near the Zitelle.

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Murano

The Murano Island is usually described as an island in the Venetian Lagoon, although like Venice itself it is actually an archipelago of islands linked by bridges. It lies about a mile north of Venice and is famous for its glass making, particularly lampworking. It was once an independent comune, but is now a town of the comune of Venice.

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Burano

The Burano Island is the most picturesque of the lagoon islands due to the extraordinary colours of its low houses, doors and windows, which look like the work of naive painters. The island can be reached in less than an hour from the Fondamenta Nuove and in half an hour from San Zaccaria. Burano is made up of four little islands.

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Torcello

The Torcello Island is a quiet and sparsely populated island at the northern end of the Venetian Lagoon. It is considered the oldest continuously populated region of Venice. Torcello is worth a visit: A magnificent Byzantine-Italian cathedral dating back to 639 A.D., the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, looms over the island with the Bell Tower and Church of Santa Fosca alongside.

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