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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
reviewed 10 February 2020 by sonsonator
I found this museum fascinating. The Grand School of San Marco was one of the most powerful Venetian fraternities and is currently the Venetian Hospital. It houses a stunning little Medical museum on the second floor, filled with old medical equipment and books. The stunning ceiling and the Tintoretto paintings (which I later learned were reproductions) were well worth the...
After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and 25 doges are buried in the church. The huge brick building is Gothic style and very impressive. The vast interior contains many funerary monuments and paintings.
We visit this amazing bookshop on every visit to the city, and always buy a couple of books - once found and then inside, it is so fascinating.
There are actual boats inside filled to the brim with books of every nationality, and every topic - a brilliant find
We stumbled upon this place after coming back from Murano via the boat dock of the same name. Nice square to get a little bit of breathing room. Lots of good dining options around there too! The church itself was very interesting, & a great no cost attraction to see some amazing architecture & art. Worth the visit!
$ • Italian, Fast food, Street Food, Mediterranean, Healthy
"Outstanding, authentic, hand-made Italian pasta at fair prices"
reviewed 1 week ago by Snaro
Hidden away from the narrow walkways and cramped alleys is Baci & Pasta, which is immediately noticeable because of its cute logo and the crowds gathering outside the otherwise small establishment.
We decided to visit in the middle of the afternoon (2 pm) to circumvent the long lines. It worked, and we even got a rare chance to sit down...
Didn't get really creative there, did we?
Alle Corone was simply amazing. It doesn't do the same kind of innovation as many Michelin star restaurants do, but it does everything else perfectly. And we really do mean perfectly.
The service was practically impeccable. Professional, friendly and formal on the right level. Maybe a bit less formality would be even nicer,...
Yes, there are locals in Venice and this is why we loved this place even more. So much fun to have a drink, some Italian tapas and enjoy talking to them.
Treat this place with dignity and behave, please.
Beautiful hotel, very helpful and friendly staff, brilliant location made our stay in Venice Extra special, would choose this hotel over anywhere else when we come back again! Room had everything we needed and the bed was so comfortable, the choices for breakfast was amazing!
The location is great - close to St Marks, Rialto, etc. My room was big with a super comfy bed and had a coffee maker that could be used for hot water for tea too. The staff was super helpful and accommodating.
We had a fantastic few days over Christmas in 2 IQs apartments: Contemporary and cool decor in a perfect central location, on the canal and very peaceful. We were beautifully cared for by Tania who gave us great recommendations and helped to arrange every day which ensured a truly memorable experience. We hope to return soon! Thank you so much.
"Lovely stay, friendly staff, great location, highly reccomend"
reviewed 26 February 2020 by Jenny_11234
Visited the hotel for 4 nights over carnival and was pleasantly surprised from start to finish. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, reception staff always answered our questions and were happy to provide us with maps and ferry timetables, even highlighting the best stops and times for us. The room was lovely and very clean, it didn't rain while...
When we were looking for place to stay, we spend dozens of hours browsing the hundreds of botique hotels in Venice. If you're doing that, STOP! This is it. This is the one!
This was the PERFECT place. It was charming in every way. It was clean & modern, but charming. The service was amazing. The breakfast was delicious with...