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Sestieri of Venice

Venice is divided in six areas called Sestieri. Each one has its own distinctive character. In this guide we are trying to give you an idea so you can choose the best one for you.

Sestieri of Venice


Santa Croce: It's very local and unpretentious. It's a good start to discover Venice and it will probably be the first part of Venice you see. Don't expect grandeur here but if you want to see real local life, don't miss it. 

Dorsoduro: a mix of tourists, residents and students. This is the youngest sestiere in Venice. Go to Campo Santa Margherita for taste of it. Ponte dell'Accademia, one of the 4 main bridges, will bring yo to San Marco. The Guggenheim is here.

Cannaregio: the northern part of Venice. Here you find the Railway station and the Jewish Ghetto.It's a residential area with both really quiet streets and tourist spots.

San Polo: a mix of tourists and residents, the other side of Rialto bridge. Here you'll find the fish market, Frari and San Rocco churches and the big Campo San Polo.

San Marco: the center of Venice, the most tourist sestiere of them all. Rialto bridge, San Marco square, Fenice theather, fashion shops, Palazzo Grassi expo center and Santa Maria del Giglio church are all here.

Castello: the most eastern part of Venice. Despite being part of central Venice it retains a strong local flavour. The Biennale is held here.

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