Cannaregio, Venice

Ca' d'Oro

Cannaregio, Venice – Good Food and Fine Palaces Above: The municipal Casinò of Venice, housed in the beautiful renaissance Palace of Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, on the Grand Canal Cannaregio is Venice’s second largest sestiere, stretching across the north-west of the city with its main thoroughfare, the Strada Nuova, lined by shops, bars and restaurants and […]

Dorsoduro, Venice

Venice Museum

Dorsoduro, Venice’s “Hard Ridge”: Dorsoduro‘s (literally ‘hard ridge’) refers to the character of the land in this part of Venice, which is a bit higher and rockier – or at least, more solid – than the other less firm areas of land that emerged from the lagoon over the centuries. It’s a sprawling sestiere that […]

Santa Croce, Venice

Giardini Papadopoli Venice

Santa Croce, Venice’s Least Touristy Sestiere Santa Croce is over towards the north-west of Venice and is where you hit the Piazzale Roma bus station to get to the mainland. Small and densely-packed, the sestiere is bordered by the Grand Canal to the north and San Polo and Dorsoduro to the south-east and south. As […]

Gay and Lesbian Venice

Carnevale, Venice, Italy

Gay and Lesbian Venice: In February, Carnevale is a meeting point for gay people, but apart from that, although it’s a marvellous city (and in spite of Truman Capote’s famous quote: “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”), if you’re looking for gay-specific action: “Masks off, Venice has not that much […]