The best way to travel in Cannaregio is to navigate the beautiful still waters of the picturesque Royal Canal in a gondola, taking in the gorgeous sights of the Ca d'Oro Palace and the baroque Palazzo Labia. There's plenty to see on dry land too – the area encompasses the old Venetian Ghetto, still a hub of Jewish culture, and there's a plethora of churches to admire, such as Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
The Venetian Arsenal, the shipyard complex where Galileo once walked, known for its iconic marble lion statues, dominates the quarter of Castello. Indulge in retail therapy down the bustling Via Garibaldi or Riva Degli Schiavoni, lined with high-end boutiques and buzzing eateries serving the freshest local seafood and finest Italian wines. You can even kick-back and relax in the Giardini park, one of the most stunning green spaces in Venice.
Standing at the center of the buzzing Piazza San Marco, flanked by the breathtaking Byzantine domes of St Mark's Basilica, the imposing Clock Tower and the ancient Lion of Venice, a sculpture dating back thousands of years, you'll see why San Marco is Venice's visitor hub. Tour the museum within Doge's Palace – a masterpiece of the Venetian Gothic style - or enjoy pizza in one of the plush pavement cafes.
This hustling, bustling central neighborhood is a haven for romantics and foodies alike. There are few things more peaceful than an alfresco dinner for two along the Grand Canal, by the gorgeous stone Rialto Bridge. Head down to Campo San Giacomo and delight in fresh fruits, vegetables, and local seafood, or explore San Polo's history at the ancient San Giacomo di Rialto church, with its huge 15th Century clock.
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