The San Polo and Santa Croce District

In this chapter we discuss two of the most beautiful and fascinating areas of Venice, do not miss the San Polo and Santa Croce District.

The San Polo and Santa Croce District, bordered by the Grand Canal, are among the smallest on the island of Venezia and both take their name from the churches present within them. It seems that the first inhabitants settled on a group of islets, when in the eleventh century, there were born the first markets and the district became the commercial heart of Venezia.

San Polo is still today one of the most lively and characteristic districts (sestieri) of the city, in fact, among the many streets we find outdoor markets, shops, bacari (as the local pubs are called), as well as being also the center of the city's financial activities. Santa Croce, on the other hand, is much more similar to the Venetian hinterland.

We have divided the San Polo and Santa Croce District into the following chapters:

The Rialto Market

The Rialto Market - San Polo and Santa Croce District

Already at that time was divided according to the categories of goods for sale, the main areas are the Herbaria, which...

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The Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Market - San Polo and Santa Croce District 

The oldest and most famous in the city, has always been one of the most crowded areas. In every moment of the day, in fact...

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San Polo Campo

San Polo Campo - San Polo and Santa Croce District 

Was the theater of spectacular events, such as festivities, masquerades, ceremonies, dances and even fights of dogs and bulls...

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The Soranzo Palace

The Soranzo Palace - San Polo and Santa Croce District

Dating back to the beginning of the fifteenth century, dominates San Polo Campo. Nowadays, apparently, looks like a single...

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San Pantalon Church

San Pantalon Church - San Polo and Santa Croce District 

Is one of the few churches in Venezia to have an incomplete façade and, probably, it is precisely due to this fame. The main feature...

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Ca' Pesaro Palace

Ca' Pesaro Palace - San Polo and Santa Croce District

An imposing building, initially consisted of three medieval palaces, until it was bought by the Pesaro family between 1558 and 1628...

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Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - San Polo and Santa Croce District

Commonly called the Frari, is located on the homonymous Campo dei Frari in the San Polo district and represents...

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