San Polo Walking Tour, Venice

San Polo Walking Tour, Venice
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Venice Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Venice Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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!

San Polo Walking Tour Map

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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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


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