Castello District Walking Tour, Venice

The eastern Castello area hosts the city's most extensive green area. Castello is the largest district of Venice. It has been inhabited since the 5th century and has a number of attractions for tourists, like the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello, the Arsenale di Venezia and the Biennale exhibits. It was and is home to Venice's most important industries.
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Castello District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Castello District Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: naomi
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Chiesa di San Pietro

1) Chiesa di San Pietro

Chiesa di San Pietro is located on the island of San Pietro. Built in the ninth century, it was for centuries the seat of the bishopric of Venice. In 1451, when Venice got its own patriarch, it became the cathedral church. The church holds the Chair of St. Peter, upon which, according to legend, the apostle sat. It is curious that the chair is supported by a panel that consists of a trail of Muslim motifs and verses from the Koran.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ponte di Quintavalle

2) Ponte di Quintavalle

Ponte di Quintavalle is a long wooden bridge over the Canale di San Pietro. Quintavalle is the surname of an ancient family belonging to the Venetian aristocracy. The Quintavalle built their homes in Venice, on the island of San Pietro di Castello.
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Chiesa di Sant'Isepo

3) Chiesa di Sant'Isepo

Chiesa di Sant'Isepo was built in 1512 by the Venetian Senate in response to a popular demand for a church dedicated to Joseph, father of Jesus. Inside the church are paintings by Paolo Veronese and Jacopo Tintoretto. From the start it was a church complex that included a convent for Augustinian nuns. Nowadays the convent houses the Venice Nautical Institute and the church is still active.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Giardini Pubblici

4) Giardini Pubblici

The Giardini Pubblici is situated along the edge of Castello. The gardens were laid under an order of Napoleon I. Some sacred buildings were removed to create these gardens. The garden is full of Rococo and 19th century statues and pathways among the palms, acacias and plane trees. It is a good place to watch the sunset.
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Venice Biennale. Gardens - Arsenal

5) Venice Biennale. Gardens - Arsenal

Venice Biennale was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895 as an exhibition of Italian art to be held once every two years. The Biennale has been, for over a century, one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world. The whole exhibition complex is based on 30 permanent national pavilions. The most important parts are the Venice Film Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition and the International Art Exhibition.

Giardini della biennale, the garden, has been a part of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte since 1895. This area used to be a swamp and was drained under Napoleonic times. The buildings within the garden were erected to the high, exacting standards of the time. This is a large expanse of green, a rarity for Venice.

Locations, dates and opening hours:
Venice Gardens - Arsenal, June 7- November 23, 2014
Operation Hours: 10 am -6 pm. 10 am -8 pm at Arsenal: Friday and Saturday until September 27. Closed on Mondays (except Monday June 9 and Monday 17 November 2014)
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Viale Garibaldi

6) Viale Garibaldi

Viale Garibaldi is a peaceful esplanade with tall trees aligned on both sides. At the entrance to Via Garibaldi is located the Giuseppe Garibaldi Monument. The monument dedicated to the Italian national hero was erected at the beginning of the 20th century. The pond beneath is full of turtles and fish.
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Mercatino delle Robe da Mar

7) Mercatino delle Robe da Mar

Situated along Via Garibaldi in Venice's Castello District, Mercatino delle Robe da Mar is a flea market dealing in antiques, as well as used and collectors' items. The market is typically held on a Sunday five times a year: in February/March, April, May, September, and October. It is one of the most distinctive and beloved markets in Venice, yet it has managed to remain under the radar of many tourists.

Operation Hours: 5 times a year: in February-March, April, May, September and October, on a Sunday
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Angio

8) Angio

This is a miraculous place. Angio is primarily considered to be a pub, but there is a bar zone, a restaurant zone, and a pub zone, and, of course, they sell wine by the bottle also, not just by the glass. Angio offers you the possibility to see, smell, and taste your wine. The friendly staff will tell you all they know about the technology, the year and the wine you choose.
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Arsenale di Venezia

9) Arsenale di Venezia (must see)

The Arsenale is said to have been founded in 1104 on two islands in the eastern Castello district of Venice. During the period of the Serenissima, it was one of the largest and most productive shipyards in Europe. The main gate of the Arsenale is the first Renaissance structure constructed in Venice. The two lions on either side of the steps were shipped from Athens by Francesco Morosini as a war trophy.

Why You Should Visit:
Totally amazing site with most of its fortifications intact.
The whole area is wider and quieter, but there are loads of bars & restaurants around.
The view from the bridge is beautiful and there are several spots that make for excellent photo taking.

Tip:
A rare glimpse into the Arsenale is offered to the general public during the Venice Biennale (Jun-Nov, odd years) when it is used for installation art.
You may as well drop in on the Ships Pavillion or the open Naval Historical Museum on the other side of the channel to see some historical boats.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm (Naval Historical Museum); 11am-5pm (Ships Pavilion)
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Grand Canal Walking Tour

Grand Canal Walking Tour

Grand Canal is the main channel in Venice. The channel has an "S" form dividing the main districts of Venice. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, but for tourists, it is recommended that they visit it by gondola. On both sides of the Grand Canal are established the most beautiful buildings dating from the 12th to the 18th centuries that tell the story of a thousand years of Venetian splendor.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Religious Edifices Walking Tour

Religious Edifices Walking Tour

As a tourist, you definitely are aware that a country like Italy, especially a city like Venice, has a lot of sacred sites. It would be a pity not to take a look at some of the wonderful buildings built by humans in the name of the Lord. Glorious artists, architects and their disciples have given their lives and talent for our pleasure for centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, whose name translates as “hard bridge” from Italian, due to the area's relatively high terrain. The city's highest spots, along with Giudecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola, are found here. Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice's most picturesque canals, historic locations and cultural venues, including Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Campo San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita. If modern art and historic architecture combined sounds like your kind of fun, Dorsoduro is the right place to go.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Casanova's Tour

Casanova's Tour

Giacomo Casanova is one of the most famous personalities of Venice. He was a man of great culture. His interests ranged from love affairs and gambling to writing and alchemy. Born in a family of theater actors in 1725, he grew up surrounded by high society. He became an important personality in his own right, starting with his adolescence. This tour will show you places of great significance in the life of Casanova.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.