• Dorsoduro

    The sestiere Dorsoduro (named for its "hard back" solid clay foundation) is across the Grand Canal to the south... Read More
  • The Lido

    The Lido is Venice’s barrier island, forming the southern border of the Venetian Lagoon and protecting Venice from... Read More
  • Giudecca

    The island of Giudecca's name is something of a mystery. It may come from a possible 14th-century Jewish settlement,... Read More
  • Cannaregio

    Settled primarily in the 15th century, at a time when Renaissance ideas of town planning had some effect, Cannaregio... Read More
  • Castello

    Castello, Venice's largest sestiere, includes all of the land from east of Piazza San Marco to the city's easternmost... Read More
  • San Marco

    Extending from the Piazza San Marco to the Rialto bridge, the Sestiere San Marco comprises the historical and commercial... Read More
  • San Giorgio Maggiore

    Beckoning travelers across Saint Mark's Basin, sparkling white through the mist, is the island of San Giorgio Maggiore,... Read More
  • Murano

    In the 13th century the Republic, concerned about fire hazard and anxious to maintain control of its artisans'... Read More
  • Burano

    Cheerfully painted houses in a riot of colors—blue, yellow, pink, ocher, and dark red—line the canals of this quiet... Read More
  • Torcello

    Torcello offers ancient mosaics, greenery, breathing space, and picnic opportunities. Some people call this tiny... Read More
  • San Michele

    San Michele is the cemetery island of Venice, but unless you’re interested in paying your respects to notables... Read More
  • San Polo

    San Polo has two major sites, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, as well as some... Read More
  • Santa Croce

    Santa Croce’s two important churches are San Stae on the Grand Canal and San Giovanni Elemosinario, adjacent to... Read More