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Punta della Dogana
Favorite thing: Punta della Dogana, named after the old Custom of the Venice Republic, stretches out into St. Mark's Basin, separating the Canal Grande from the Canal Guidecca. It is where the Baroque Chiesa della Madonna della Salute is situated, one of the most beautiful churches of Venice.
Venetians call it Dogana da Mar, it was built in 1677 by Benoni when The Republic of Venice was a major commercial center in the Mediterranean basin and Europe aswell. Dogana da Mar controlled access to the Canal Grande and the San Marco doks.
Fondest memory: On the top of the gateway to the Dogana is a golden ball with the weather vane, representing Fortune.
Nowadays Punta della Dogana houses the Francois Pinault Collection, after the interiors has been redesigned by Tadao Ando.
Favorite thing: I was so many times in Venice, can't remember the number, but the truth is I've never visited Sestiere Giudecca. Actually, it is off the main walking routes and one can get it by vaporetto only. I do admire Palladio's work alot and wish to take the closer look at Redentore. Besides the church of Le Zitelle there is also Sant' Eufemia 9th century church with interiors of exceptional beauty. In one of my future trips to Venice I'll have to visit it finally.
sestiere San Polo
Favorite thing: The old core of Venice is organized in the districts - SESTIERE - and there are six of them:
CASTELLO - named for a castle that used to be in that area
SAN MARCO - named for the patron saint of Venice
CANNAREGIO - named for the bamboo (canna) which used to grow in that area
SAN POLO - named for the 9th century church of San Paolo
SANTA CROCE - named for the ancient church (demolished in the 19th century)
DORSODURO - mean "hard bone" - the land was higher and more solid then in other parts of Venice.
Each SESTIERE is divided into CONTRADE (parishes) and each contrada has its parish church. Venice used to have 70 contrade but after fall of the Republic the church organizational plan was reduced to 30 parish churches and contrade.
The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is part of sestiere San Marco
Giudecca island is part of sestiere Dorsoduro
The cemetery island of San Michele belongs to the sestiere Cannaregio.
Exploring San Polo canals
Favorite thing: Sestiere San Polo is almost as bussy as San Marco, always crowded by visitors. This part of Venice is full of many important sights such as churches, galleries and artistic schools. The whole sestiere is interlaced by dense network of short canals and narrow streets. There are many attractive shops here too and that makes strolling around much harder.
Sestiere Santa Croce
Favorite thing: Sestiere Santa Croce is probably the most unknown part of Venice. It is situated next to the Piazzale Roma and therefore inevitable to those who start their exploring of Venice by foot. Nevertheless, most of the visitors turn left taking direction to Piazza San Rocco or along Canal Grande. I suggest you to turn right, deep into sestiere, and your effort will be awarded by some beautiful sights and, above all, quiet and uncrowded Venice.
Favorite thing: The network of Venetian canals is amazing, there are great number of small, short and narrow canals and each one looks more beautiful than the previous one you have seen. Those which are very short and narrow can be reached by boats only. I wish I could seat in my own boat and explore them all, it might be great adventure.
Favorite thing: Why do we visit the places? Why Venice?
Most probably each of us is dreaming of visiting Venice for at least once in the life time. Is it worth time and money we spend? Definetely yes, it is unique place with unique attractions.
Fondest memory: Some people, however, have different interests when visiting this magnificent town. So, what one can do here:
- sleeping on the banch
- singing in the church
and or practicing religion.
Look in particularly the first picture, I find in very attractive.
Favorite thing: I suppose we all have our preferable part of Venice which we like better then the other ones. Sestiere di Castello, besides Caneregio, is a part of the town which I like the most. Being away from San Marco and the main vaporetto's lines, it is, more or less, spared of a crowd even in the pick of the season. You wont see lots of fancy palaces here or great many of canals, and yet it is the real soul of Venice the one that lives so characteristic Mediterranean style of life.
Fondest memory: Sestiere di Castello is not touristy area, instead of groups following their guide here you'll meet individuals or couples strolling around and enjoying in pieceful and pitoresque ordinary life. You'll meet alot of local grandmams seating in small piazettas, chating and making lacies. The local bars are occupied by men who play cards, discuss about fotball (soccer) or just sipping glass of wine. It is a kind of Venice I like.
Favorite thing: After year or two on VT, I have improved my skill and technique in taking the pictures and it is undoubtely. Morover, when strolling around I have learned to open my eyes because there are lots of hidden things to be discovered in places we are visiting. For the first time I've discovered it in my own hometown.
I am regularly visiting Venice, more then thirty years now, and I realy know this place very well but, most of the things you can see of this pictures I've discovered only after joining to VT. Hope that most of you have the same positive experience.
Favorite thing: Cannaregio is my favourite part of the town, it is definetely different face of Venice we know, less crowded by tourists and very pieceful, almost idyllic.
Fondest memory: When you have enough of endless "human river" and constant pushings around Rialto or San Marko, take direction to most northern part of the town, it is where Cannaregio is situated. Here you can walk all alone in the streets or campos, have your meal without rush or just sipping your drink undisturbed by the neverending stories you have to listen when sitting in cafes of San Polo, Dorsoduro or San Marco.
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