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Visiting Venice

Venice is the ideal city for those people who are fond of art, architecture and long strolls in the open air.

A special itinerary can start early in the morning from the Santa Croce district, located in the north-west of Venice, important from the commercial point of view as it connects Venice to the mainland. From here you take Vaporetto No. 1 and get off at San Stae from which you can easily visit all the important sights of the area.

The first attraction you will meet is the wonderful church of San Stae and, after that, the ancient building Ca’ Pesaro, where there are the Modern Art Museum and the Oriental Art Museum, which are worth to be seen.

After visiting the museums, you can go on foot towards Campo San Polo, one of the largest Venetian public squares. The San Polo district is one of the smallest of Venice but it includes the lively part of the city: Rialto. According to tradition, Rialto was, since ancient times, one of the vital centers of the Venetian islands: here the first inhabitants fled from the mainland and concentrated their trade, using the stable and higher land, and therefore safe from floods. Rialto was the most important center of this group of islands and Rivo Altus (high bank) was in fact the name of the entire city until 1000, when then it took the name of Venice.

From Campo San Polo you can walk through the long road that lies in front of the church, lined with shops and restaurants, finding yourself in the middle of Rialto Market at the feet of the famous Rialto Bridge. After passing the bridge and admiring the beautiful view of the Grand Canal, you can go right along the Riva del Ferro towards the Vaporetto stops.

Taking the Vaporetto No. 1 or No. 2 to the Lido you can get off at San Tomà and follow the signs for the Frari, and in less than a minute you arrive to the majestic Basilica of the Frari. Adjacent to the Frari is the pretty Campo San Rocco, where you can admire the picturesque Scuola Grande di San Rocco. 
From here we go towards the Accademia Gallery, which houses beautiful works of Titian and Tintoretto and where there is the third bridge on the Grand Canal, built in wood and metal.

After the seventeenth-century art you can devote to modern art admiring Picasso, Boccioni, Mondrian, Kandinsky, and many others in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, housed in Palazzo Venier dai Leoni. The itinerary can continue reaching the nearby Basilica della Salute, Longhena's masterpiece that looks onto the end of the Grand Canal. After visiting the church along the foundations you arrive in the most panoramic point of Venice: The Dogana della Salute (or Punta della Salute), where you can admire the Basin of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Riva degli Schiavoni and the Isle of San Giorgio, where Venetians "park" their sailboats.

Rafts start right from the Punta della Salute, on the opposite side to that of the Basilica. Along the Giudecca canal, parallel to the Grand Canal, you are immersed in a unique and relaxing dimension. The island of Giudecca lies right in front of you, whose name has a particular history, linked to its old function of prison. 
It is time to get lost in the alleyways of San Trovaso, where the ancient Department of Philosophy is, and many cafes and typical trattoria restaurants where to eat something typical.

Another fascinating journey to visit Venice starts from the Castello district, and more precisely from the Arsenal, which houses the remains of the ancient glories of the “Serenissima”. From the Arsenal you go towards Riva degli Schiavoni and then cut across, reaching Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its splendid church. The next stop is the San Marco district, the smallest but also the most valuable of Venice. Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), "the most beautiful square in the world", is the center of the district and is surrounded by beautiful works of art that can not be missed, such as: the Doge's Palace, the Basilica of San Marco, the Bell Tower and the Procuratie (literally "procuracies"), home to the interesting Correr Museum.

A must is to drink a coffee in one of the two historical bars, both in the Piazza San Marco: Florian and Quadri.

From San Marco take the Vaporetto No. 1 to Piazzale Roma and get off at the Ca' d'Oro stop in the Cannaregio district, the largest of Venice together with Castello one.

When outside the building, on the left, you enter the Ca d'Oro, one of the jewels of Venice. After visiting the palace go along the Strada Nuova (new road) to Rio Terà San Leonardo.

At the feet of the Ponte delle Guglie, turn right and then right again down to the ancient Jewish Ghetto, one of the most beautiful places of the city. On the opposite side of the Campo del Ghetto you see the Fondamenta della Misericordia (a Fondamenta is the stretch of road that runs along a canal or a river), where you can choose one of the many restaurants offering Venetian or ethnic cuisine, concluding the evening in a club with live music.

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