San Polo Walking Tour, Venice

San Polo is the smallest and one of the oldest districts in Venice, established circa 9th century AD. It has hosted the city's main market since 1097, and been linked to the eastern bank of the Grande Canal, via the Rialto Bridge, since the 13th century. Apart from the bridge, other attractions in the area include the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the Campo San Polo, the House of Goldoni, the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Church of San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. If you're in love with Venice, you'll find plenty to see in this part of the city!
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Guide Name: San Polo Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Daniel
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco

1) Scuola Grande di San Rocco (must see)

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco ("Confraternity of St. Roch", protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century) building was established in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetian citizens, next to the church of San Rocco, from which it takes its name. In 1564 the painter Tintoretto was commissioned to provide paintings for the Scuola, and his most renowned works are to be found in the Sala dell'Albergo and the Sala Superiore. All the works in the building are by him,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

2) Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (must see)

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was founded at the beginning of the 13th century and during the decades that followed it was enlarged several times in order to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. The imposing edifice is built of brick and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. In common with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice as well as the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gilberto Penzo

3) Gilberto Penzo

What to buy here: Handmade boats and ships.

Venice is world famous for it's gondolas, which tourists can see in the Grand Canal, but there are many other types of boats and ships in the lagoon. For instance the water-buses, the so called „Vaporetti“. And in the long history of Venice, the inhabitants built a large number of different types of boats and ships. Many of them still exist as models in Gilberto Penzo's shop. He sells his models nearly all over the world – his...   view more
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Tragicomica

4) Tragicomica

What to buy here: Masks.

Venice and masks – these two have been closely related since old times. In former times, Venetians wore masks not only during the famous „Carnevale“. They wore them for almost any outgoing activity, dinners, going to the casino, theater and more. Even the rich who lost their money and gone down to begging were still wearing masks– a way to hide their face and their shame. Some of the most important and typical masks have their origin in a venetian theater...   view more
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Antica Birraria La Corte

5) Antica Birraria La Corte

Locals, students, and tourists flock here daily. The dazzling list of pizzas (including one topped with porcini mushrooms and wild-boar salami) is very impressive. But a salad of arugula and pecorino with a drizzle of chestnut honey is a really good start. They also serve several excellent meat and fish...   view more
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Ponte delle Tette

6) Ponte delle Tette

Ponte delle Tette, Bridge of Female Breasts, is located in the heart of the former red-light district of San Cassiano. Prostitutes used to parade topless here in an attempt to attract clients and convert suspected homosexuals. The procedure was encouraged by Venetian officers in order to eliminate this new social problem. The red-light district in Venice was legalized at the beginning of the 16th century. Casanova was a frequent visitor of this district, hunting his next...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Canal Grande (Grand Canal)

7) Canal Grande (Grand Canal) (must see)

The Grand Canal forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. It is S-shaped, over two miles long, and is sailed by boats and water taxis.

The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Riva del Vin

8) Riva del Vin

If Venice had more cars Riva del Vin would need a huge parking space. The gondolas parked next to this high quality and respected restaurant outnumber cars in a parking place. Of course, Riva serves wonderful Italian cuisine. But the most precious gift they have on offer is - the opportunity to buy a legendary bottle of wine at a reasonable...   view more

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.
Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano Island Walking Tour

Murano is often called the Glass Island, since it is home to the most impressive and renowned Venetian glass factories. The glass makers here have preserved their centuries-old techniques. The island is full of shops were you can admire and purchase these adorable glass items. Some factories have special showrooms where you can see the full process of glass making.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 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
Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

The Northern Area of Venice is full of places of great historical and cultural importance. This tour offers you a view of some of the loveliest churches of Venice such as the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Chiesa dei Santissimi Apostoli.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
San Marco Souvenir Shops

San Marco Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Venice without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to Venice. Pop into the specialty shops of San Marco suggested in this tour to find the most beautiful and original items.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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
Castello District Walking Tour

Castello District Walking Tour

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.

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

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