Cannaregio: art and history

Hidden gems

Cannaregio is a lovely quiet residential area of Venice, less crowded than the main tourist sights but full of interesting art and history. A pleasant stroll here will reveal that Venice has much more to offer than St Mark’s Square.

You will start the tour with your guide in Campo Santi Apostoli where, after being aknowleged a little bit about Venice, you will walk to reach Campo dei Gesuiti. Here a wonderful church will open its gates to welcome you, before starting a new walk to a big and impressive door, where a surprising lady will show you the way to the past and for a while you will be out of time and space…

Back to the present and back to your way, your walk will proceed to the small beautiful churches of Sant’Alvise and Madonna Dell’Orto (this latter known as Tintoretto’s church), you will see Campo dei Mori and the house of the Arab merchants, whose stories will suprise you, you will meet lots of local people still using the traditional dialect to talk to each other, old ladies out for groceries, children playing in the streets and students running to their lessons.

Also, in the heart of this “sestiere” was created by the Serenissima in 1516 the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. All the Jewish people in Venice were forced to leave their homes wherever in the city and move to this area, where they could practice very few activities. The ghetto was connected to the rest of the city by bridges with gates, which were closed at sunset. You will learn how they used to live, pray and work. Their life was totally different from any other Jewish at that time, and it went on like this up until 1797, when the ghetto gates were demolished by the Napoleonic army.

And in the middle of all this history and art and food for the mind, you cannot miss some food for the body! A significant role in Venetians’ life is played by “Bacari, “cicheti” and “ombre”. Want to know what does this mean? Come on in and discover it yourself!

Departure: every day but Sunday at 10.00 a.m.

Duration: approx 4 hours

Meeting point: Campo Santi Apostoli