fleeing from the Goths, the people of the Veneto region founded the wild
and uninhabited islands off their coast in 421AD. Supported by wooden piles
driven 25 feet down into the compressed clay of the lagoon, these people
unknowingly created what was later to become one of the most powerful cities
in the world and one of the most romantic.
In 1171, Venice was divided into the six sestieri, or districts, as it is
still known today.
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You won't fall in love with
Venice in a day,
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Beyond two of the busiest streets, Lista di Spagna and Strada Nuovo,
lays the most unspoiled part of Venice. This is the area to be in if
you want to live like a true Venetian, a third of the city lives in
this area. You will find artist workshops, small stores and wine bars
aplenty. The world's oldest Ghetto is located here, as well as the
Gothic church, Madonna del'Orto and a very special church, Santa Maria
Assunta, know simply as the Gesuiti. Its interior is completely carved
in green and white marble. What looks like drapery is actually carved
marble. This is one of my favorite areas of Venice. A great location if
you are looking for a neighborhood feel.
Once you get past the commercial area of the Riva degli Schiavone
promenade, travelers enter a quiet, residential area with narrow alley
ways. The beautiful Campo Santa Maria Formosa opens up from a maze of
tiny streets. Here you will get a glimpse of an ordinary day as
Venetians go about their daily routines.
The "Greenwich Village" of Venice. Enjoy Campo Santa Margherita,
the social gathering place and heart of this sestiere. In the morning
you can meet at the market, in the afternoon the campo becomes a
playground for children just out from school, and the evenings brings
a gathering place for neighbors to catch up on the day's events.
The first streets were laid here, as you can tell by how narrow many of
them are. A very quiet area on only minutes away from the buzz of the
The heart and soul of Venice, this area has always been its center.
Home to the Basilica San Marco, the Doge Palace and the only Piazza
in Venice. This Piazza was once described by Napoleon as "the most
elegant drawing room in Europe" and indeed it is. There is no where
else in the world where you can sit and listen to an outdoor orchestra,
against the backdrop of the lit Basilica, as you leisurely sip on your
Bellini. You can't help but marvel at this fairy tale moment. This busy
area is usually the first stop for tourists. Although crowded during the
day, as evening falls, the true magic of the city is revealed.
Along with Santa Croce, this sestiere is the oldest. The people of the
Veneto are said to have settled here in 421AD in what was at that time a
cluster of tiny islands they called Rivus Altus, or Rialto. The market
stalls sprung up in the 11th century and created the commercial hub of
Venice. Go beyond the busy Riva del Vin and the market stalls to enjoy
narrow alleys and intimate piazze. The magnificent Santa Maria Gloriosa
dei Frari church is in its center.