What to see in Cannaregio?
Cannaregio is one of the most populated districts of Venice, where it is still possible to breathe the authentic atmosphere of the city. With its long “fondamente” (street along the canals) full of cafes, bacari and restaurants, it is ideal for evening aperitifs and sunny walks out of the chaos of mass tourism, where you can still meet the Venetian lifestyle.
Where is Cannaregio?
With its long shape, which extends from the train station to the Rialto, it is one of the biggest districts in the city. It is located in the northern part of Venice and is crossed by the practical Strada Nova, a pedestrian artery that directly connects the railway to the center without the risk of getting lost! On clear days, from the “Fondamente Nove” north of Cannaregio, you can admire a wonderful panorama that opens towards the islands of Murano and San Michele and, with a little luck, the snow-capped Alps!
What to do in Cannaregio?
Let yourself be carried away by the slow and placid pace of a walk in Fondamenta della Misericordia: with its southern exposure, always kissed by the sun, embellished by flowered balconies of residents, it offers its best in spring and autumn. Very suitable for photographic tours, thanks to its long perspectives in which the gaze can be lost in depth. You can stop for a coffee or, when the sun goes down, enjoy a spritz or a good glass of wine in one of the many bacari overlooking the canal.
What to visit in Cannaregio?
Near the Fondamenta della Misericordia there are two of the most beautiful Venetian squares, that of the Madonna dell’Orto and that of the Abbazia. Among the various churches in Venice, that of the Madonna dell’Orto is worth a visit for its splendid late-Gothic facade and the paintings by Tintoretto for his own parish. Another very interesting area of Cannaregio is the one close to Fondamente Nove, embellished by the Jesuit Church and a fascinating labyrinth of typical alleys that will take you (with a little luck!) to the Church of the Madonna of the Miracles, a jewel of the early Venetian Renaissance, completely covered with polychrome marble. Don’t forget the presence of the Ca’ d’Oro, the most beautiful palace along the Grand Canal, nowdays a famous museum.
The ghetto of Venice
For history lovers, Cannaregio is also home to the famous Jewish ghetto of Venice, which houses five synagogues and some midrashes. Here is one of the most deeply rooted Jewish communities in Europe. Now you can enjoy a particular atmosphere, the result of a mixture of the Venetian environment and Jewish culture.
You can visit Cannaregio with us on a Off the beaten path tour