Home » Living in Venice

Living in Venice

Welcome to Venice

 A once famous and powerful city-state, now Venice is universally considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and, thanks to its huge historical and artistic value, is included among the UNESCO world heritage. The old town lies on an archipelago of 117 islands located in the center of the Lagoon of Venice and linked together by 455 bridges. His striking and mysterious narrow streets make it an ideal destination for couples in love. You can hop on a gondola and glide along one of the many canals, dine by candlelight while enjoying a dish of Italian cuisine and take a walk in a moonlit Piazza San Marco: the romance is assured. Love lost between the ancient canals and historical streets, visit the imposing Palazzo Ducale, admire the complex architecture of the Basilica of San Marco is located in the quaint square of the same name and explore the Naval Museum. After this experience you will begin to believe in fairy tales. In this city, which has a history of 1500 years, there are no cars: to move you just have to make use of boats or cross it on foot, and thanks to this feature you can see Venice in all its magic. La Serenissima is full of palaces, works of art, fine shops and great food. Relax in Piazza San Marco, visit the basilicas, go for a stroll through the streets and bridges. In low season you can enjoy Venice in all its splendor: the dawn in Piazza San Marco, a morning walk on the Bridge of Sighs, a gondola ride in the moonlight on the Grand Canal. At night the city is quiet, the nightlife focuses mainly on Piazza San Marco, with its many cafes and bars.


The Cannaregio sestiere in Venice is one of the largest sestieri of Venice, the most northerly and, together with Castello, the most populated (over a third of the city’s residents live here). It has always been able to distinguish two separate souls of the area, though simultaneously in harmony with each other: one popular, the other noble.
The aristocratic part of Cannaregio is more or less that which faces the Grand Canal and which numbers among its palazzi some of the oldest and grandest in Venice (for example the Ca’ Vendramin), while the “popular” zone centres around the two main tourist streets, the Lista di Spagna and the Strada Nova, known today as the journey from the station to the Rialto bridge.
The Cannaregio sestiere in Venice is however also noted for the presence of the oldest ghetto in the world, where in 1516 the city’s Jews were confined.
The area has maintained its ethnic flavour, and consequently its tall buildings, the two synagogues and its traditional shops are among the area’s greatest attractions.
Leaving the throngs of people heading towards the Rialto and San Marco it is possible to admire facets of everyday life, charming in their simplicity, sun-faded houses with washing hanging out of windows, sandwiched in between religious edifices and quirky squares, among which one may mention the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, that of the Madonna dell’Orto (containing the greatest works of Tintoretto), the Campo dei Mori (with its ancient statues of the eponymous Mori – “Moors” , complete with turbans).
Of particular interest is Ca’ d’Oro, considered one of the most beautiful palazzo on the Grand Canal, a perfect example of Gothic-Venetian architecture replete with traces of oriental elements.

San Polo

And 'one of the smaller sestieri, characterized by the presence of homes that also perform the function of shops. The people are very fond of good food so devote special care to the preparation of traditional foods in Venice based on natural ingredients of the Venetian. Visitors can taste the typical Venetian dishes in the many taverns or bàcari. It is recommended, in particular, to taste the famous "cicheti".

To visit in San Polo: Rialto Bridge, Palace of Camerlenghi, S.Giacometto Church, Church of S.Aponal, The New Factories, Church of S. Cassiano, Campo San Polo, Goldoni's House, Frari, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista.

  House of Goldoni
   [I was born in Venice, in 1707, in a large and beautiful house, situated between the bridge of Nomboli and that of Donna honest, corner of Calle Ca 'Centanni, in the parish of San Toma].

  Built in the fifteenth century, presents an architectural Venetian Gothic. The facade of the canal is a triptych with four-light, the entrance from calle dei Nomboli presents an external staircase with two flights whose railing consists of columns in Istrian stone.

  And 'now known as the "home of Carlo Goldoni", but over the centuries the owners were different: the Rizzo, the Centuries and only at the end of the' 600's grandfather Carlo Goldoni rented it and the family remained there until 1719.
In 1931, following the war, Ca 'Centanni was donated to the City of Venice to have service restored and destined, changing a bit' original idea, a museum goldonianoe center of theater studies. The new war slowed the restoration work, completed only in 1953. In June of that same year the house was open to the public, hosting a small museum of Goldoni and Venetian theatrical memorabilia. Over the years have been increased the library and archives.

  Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

It 'a religious Franciscan among the largest in Italy. The Basilica was built in the course of a century, from L250 to 1338, the work of the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. The gothic-Cistercian, the three naves with seven chapels date back to the fifteenth century. Numerous works of art kept in the Basilica. The most striking is that of Titian, "The altarpiece Assumption" (1516-1518), painted by the artist for the high altar. No less striking is the "Pala Pesaro" (1526) by Titian.

In the Chapel of the Florentines is the wooden statue of St. John the Baptist, one of the masterpieces of Donatello and the only work of the Venetian master.

The Frari Church is considered the home of the most nourished and wonderful collection of Venetian sculpture, in fact there are masterpieces such as the splendid wooden Choir and numerous tombs of famous personalities of the city's history. The presbytery is enriched by Foscari Monuments and Tron and Zane altar you can admire the San Girolamo Alessandro Vittoria.