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Venice Historical centre and the Sestieri

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The city is divided into six areas or "sestiere". These are Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Marco and Castello. Each sestiere has its own house numbering system. Each house has a unique number in the district, from one to several thousand, exept in areas comprising islands that are not connected by bridges.


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San Marco, the heart of Venice

Cupole e Palazzo Ducale

Saint Mark's Square is Venice's only square. It consists of an artistic complex of buildings in different sty-les that over time have created a harmonious setting to the square. The Doge's Palace The monumental entrance was the Porta della...

The sestiere of Castello

Arsenale

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...

The sestiere of Cannaregio

Ca' D'Oro

The name has two possible origins: it may derive from Canal regio, i.e. the main canal for communicating with the mainland or else it may refer to extensive reed beds found there in the past. The railway station is named after Santa Lucia because...

The sestiere of San Polo

Campo S.Polo

This is the smallest area. In this district it was customary to 'live over the shop', i.e. dwellings and workplaces were often combined. On the Rialto and everywhere else we find an old and noble Venetian vocation: that of good food. the...

The sestiere of Santa Croce

Campo S.Giacomo dell'Orio

It 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. The Papadopoli gardens were laid out in the area. The gardens were designed by Bagnara in the likeness of English gardens. They are now open to the public but have been completely changed.

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