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As previously announced, (see post “Detourism: Venice’s neighbourhood”), we are currently discovering all Venetian neighbourhood, one by one! Following San Marco and Castello. it’s now time to move on to Cannaregio district. Enjoy the reading!
What you’ll going to love most about Cannaregio is that it still has quiet, secluded spots overlooking the lagoon, homes to local people and enchanting refuges for visitors: a less well known Venice, but no less fascinating.
In Cannaregio there are some of the most beautiful Gothic and Renaissance churches of Venice, and also many back-street osterie and bàcari (taverns and wine bars) where locals go for aperitivo and cichéti (from basic bar snacks to small plates).
In the mid-19th century, when the railway bridge connecting Venice to the mainland was opened, Cannaregio became the entrance gate to the city for those arriving by train. The area next to the station, Punta San Giobbe, has recently turned into a Ca’ Foscari University campus.
From the station, the lively Strada Nuova leads to Rialto. However, if you get off the beaten path and walk a few calli (narrow alleys) away you’ll reach the most charming campi (or squares) of the district, such as campo Sant’Alvise, campo dei Mori and campo dell’Abbazia.
Don’t miss the hidden gems of Cannaregio.
- The Madonna dell’Orto is a lovely Gothic church which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary found in a nearby vegetable garden, said to have miraculous power. It is known as the Tintoretto church, as it is near the house where he lived in Fondamenta dei Mori, and is rich in his works. He is buried here with his family.
- An exquisite masterpiece of the early Renaissance, the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli was designed by Pietro Lombardo, and is the favourite church of many Venetians.
- The Ghetto, the oldest Jewish quarter in Europe (established in 1516), today is a lively neighbourhood of the city. Its five synagogues and the Jewish Museum recount the history and traditions of the Jewish community of Venice.
Cannaregio includes some of the oldest and most impressive buildings in Venice.
On the Grand Canal, the Ca’ d’Oro is a splendid fifteenth-century Gothic palace. It is known as the “House of Gold” because its façade originally shimmered with gold leaf, which has since faded away.
Today it is a state museum; you can also take the art itinerary from the Ca’ d’Oro to the Palazzo Grimani Museum, Castello.
The Renaissance-style Ca’ Vendramin-Calergi, which is home to Venice’s casino, is the place where the composer Richard Wagner spent the last months of his life. Today, the rooms in which he lived are open to the public, upon reservation.
Discover all walking tours in Cannaregio on the “Venezia Unica” web site!
[source: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 23/2020 del 30.06.2020]
[picture by Orlando Paride / Wikimedia Commons]
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