Chiesa di Santa Catarina
Chiesa di Santa Catarina, with its ancient, thick stone walls, stands sentry on the western side of Piazza dei Domenicani as it did for...
The Fortezza Nuova, built for the Medici family in the late 16th century, is in an area known as Piccola Venezia (Little Venice) because...
The city's unspectacular cathedral, designed by visiting British architect Inigo Jones, was later used by Jones as a model for the...
A red-brick cellar bar with sun-drenched wooden-decking terrace afloat the canal in Piccolo Venezia. Enjoy a cocktail and generously...
L'Ancora's canalside terrace is the white-hot ticket in good weather, though settling for a table in the 17th-century, barrel-ceilinged,...
Piccola Venezia information
Piccola Venezia (Little Venice) is crossed with small canals built during the 17th century using Venetian methods of reclaiming land from the sea. At the heart sits the remains of the Medici-era Fortezza Nuova . Canals link it with the waterfront Fortezza Vecchia , built 60 years before the Fortezza Nuova. The waterways are huge fun to explore; either from canal-side footpaths or by tour boat, shabby-chic panoramas emerge of faded, peeling apartments draped with brightly coloured washing, interspersed with waterside cafes.
End Little Venice explorations on a high on gorgeous Piazza dei Domenicani , across the bridge at the northern end of Via Borra. Chiesa di Santa Catarina , with its ancient, thick stone walls, stands sentry on the western side of the square as it did for the Medicis four centuries ago.