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 is a building in Venice, northern Italy. The Scuola di San Rocco ("Confraternity of St. Roch", protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century) 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...   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. Inside is located the biggest altar-piece in Venice, "Assumption of the Virgin" by Titian. The other piece of art by Titian in the church is "Madonna di Ca 'Pesaro", under which lies the grave of 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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Grand Canal (Canałasso)

7) Grand Canal (Canałasso) (must see)

The Grand Canal (Venetian: Canałasso) is a canal in Venice, Italy. It 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...   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.
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Largely regarded as one of the most romantic places ever built by man, the city of Venice is spread across 118 islands collectively earning it the nicknames of the City of Water and the City of Bridges. Other than the bridges, though, the city abounds in museums, basilicas and other historic sights. For a chance to visit some of these and learn more about Venice, embark on this self-guided walk!

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Titian's Tour

Titian's Tour

Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters of all time. He represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. His works are well-known for their realistic interpretation of biblical episodes. Titian had a style of his own that cannot be compared with that of the other artists of his period. This tour will guide you through the most important places in Titian's life and work.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 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
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
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
Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km

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