Must-see attractions in San Polo & Santa Croce

  • Venice, Italy - February 15th, 2014 : People walking in the square San Rocco in front of a renaissance palace called Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Italy.
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    Scuola Grande di San Rocco

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Everyone wanted the commission to paint this building dedicated to St Roch, patron saint of the plague-stricken, so Tintoretto cheated: instead of…

  • Venice, Italy - November 2022: Madonna with child and saints; Frari triptych painting by Giovanni Bellini from 1488 in the Sacristy altar - Pesaro's Chapel inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Glorious St. Mary of Frari
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    I Frari

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    A soaring Gothic church, the Friary's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child…

  • Venice, Italy - 5 April 2016:  Fishmongers set up their stalls with a variety of fresh fish, including giant swordfish, at the Rialto fish market, Venice, Italy
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    Rialto Market

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Venice’s main market has been whetting appetites for seven centuries, with fruit and vegetable stands abutting the rather more pungent Pescaria. To see it…

  • Venice, Italy - November 02, 2021: The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice, Italy. Building located in the San Polo sestiere of the Italian city of Venice

    Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    One of Venice's five main religious confraternities, the lay brothers of St John the Evangelist performed works of charity but also supported the arts by…

  • Ca’ Pesaro

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    The stately exterior of this Baldassare Longhena–designed 1710 palazzo hides two intriguing art museums that could hardly be more different: the Galleria…

  • Ponte di Rialto

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    A superb feat of engineering, Antonio da Ponte’s 1592 Istrian stone span took three years and 250,000 gold ducats to construct. Adorned with stone reliefs…

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    Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Never mind the doge: insatiable curiosity rules Venice, and inside the former Fondaco dei Turchi (Turkish Trading House) it runs wild. The adventure…

  • VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 16:  A woman admires some dresses  belonging to the collection of Alexander Vassiliev during the press preview of "Elegance in Exhile" at Palazzo Mocenigo on September 16, 2011 in Venice, Italy. "L'Eleganza in Esilio" tells the story of the cultural atmosphere and ambiance of the Russian elite at the beginning of 1900 and the international prestige of Djagilev's famous Russian Ballets.  (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)
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    Palazzo Mocenigo

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Venice received a dazzling addition to its property portfolio in 1945 when Count Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo bequeathed his family's 17th-century palazzo to…

  • Chiesa di San Giacomo dall'Orio or San Giacomo Apostolo catholic church building with bell tower in Venice historical city centre, blue clear sky background in summer day, Veneto Region, Italy
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    Chiesa di San Giacomo dall’Orio

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Romanesque St James' Church was founded in the 9th century and completed in Latin-cross form in 1225, with chapels bubbling along the edges. Within the…

  • Venice, Italy - May 22, 2015: View across the Grand Canal of the new art gallery Fondazione Prada in Venice, Italy.  On a rainy day in May.
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    Fondazione Prada

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    This stately Grand Canal palace – designed by Domenico Rossi and completed in 1728 – has been commandeered by Fondazione Prada, which is renovating the…

  • The Chiesa di San Rocco stands in its eponymous square

    Chiesa di San Rocco

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Built by Bartolomeo Bon between 1489 and 1508 to house the remains of its titular saint, beautiful St Roch's Church received a baroque facelift between…

  • Goldoni's home is on a pretty canal

    Casa di Carlo Goldoni

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707–93) mastered second and third acts: he was a doctor’s apprentice before switching to law, which proved handy when…

  • Chiesa di San Polo

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Travellers pass modest St Paul's Church (founded in the 9th century) without guessing that major dramas unfold inside. Under the carena di nave (ship's…

  • Pescaria

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Slinging fresh fish daily for 700 years and still going strong, Venetian fishmongers are more vital to local cuisine than any single chef. Glistening fish…

  • Chiesa di San Stae

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    The influence of Palladio swirls around neoclassical St Eustace's Church (completed in 1709), from the dazzling white, statue-heavy facade facing the…

  • Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Designed by Giovanni Antonio Scalfarotto and completed in 1738, this domed neoclassical building was one of the last churches to be built in Venice. It's…

  • Il Gobbo

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Rubbed for luck for centuries, this 1541 statue is now protected by an iron railing. Il Gobbo (The Hunchback) served as a podium for official…

  • Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Hunkering modestly behind T-shirt kiosks is this soaring brick church, built by Scarpagnino after a disastrous fire in 1514 destroyed much of the Rialto…

  • Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Steps away from the Rialto Bridge, the most distinctive feature of 12th-century St James' Church is the 15th-century clock set into the facade facing the…

  • Ponte de le Tette

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    ‘Tits Bridge’ got its name in the late 15th century, when neighbourhood prostitutes were encouraged to display their wares in windows instead of taking…

  • Fabbriche Nuove

    San Polo & Santa Croce

    Flanking the Grand Canal, this porticoed complex was designed by Jacopo Sansovino in the mid-16th century.

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