“Sestrieri” and clouds in Venice

Venice and its six Sestieri (districts) are the heart of the old city centre. Let’s go and discover them in a nice and experienced little tour.

Cannaregio, with the Jewish Ghetto is divided in two parts: Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto) and Ghetto Vecchio (Old Ghetto). Curiously the New Ghetto is actually the older one. A very tolerant atmosphere welcomed the Jews in Venice until the beginning of XVI century with the expulsion from Spain (1492). As a consequence, the Ghetto was built and ,while there were catholic celebrations, Jews were forced to remain in the Ghetto. With Napeoleon the gates of the Ghetto were abandoned but during the fascism, Jews in Ghetto were deported. 5 beautiful synagogues are still there, surviving all this difficulties experienced by the Jews.

Castello is the greatest Venetian sestiere with the Arsenal, where together with the Giardini is part of famous Biennale d’arte di Venezia.

Dorsoduro is one of the most comfortable place in the town (and in the world) and hosts the main part of the famous University of Venice.

Santa Croce, with Piazzale Roma and the island of Tronchetto, is next to the Grand Canal that is the main waterway in Venice, and  goes from Piazzale Roma to St. Mark’s Square. It’s over two miles long and features three bridges: Rialto Bridge, Bridge of the Barefoot and Academy Bridge with their scenic views of centuries-old palaces such as Palazzo Grassi, Ca’ Barzizza,Rialto Bridge, Ca’ Pesaro, Ca’ d’Oro, Mocenigo Palace, Venier Palace and  Fondaco dei Turchi among the others.
Last but not least, we have Lido di Venezia, the only area of the old city centre where cars can enter. The Lido di Venezia is also the main land barrier between Venice and the Adriatic Sea and becomes very popular and populated at the end of August/beginning of September because of  the International Venice Film Festival.



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