Attractions

Top Choice Museum in San Polo & Santa Croce

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Everyone wanted the commission to paint this building dedicated to the patron saint of the plague-stricken, so Tintoretto cheated: instead of producing sketches like rival Veronese, he gifted a splendid ceiling pane…
Top Choice Basilica in San Polo & Santa Croce

I Frari

A soaring Gothic church, I Frari's assets include marquetry choir stalls, Canova's pyramid mausoleum, Bellini's achingly sweet Madonna with Child triptych in the sacristy, and Longhena's creepy Doge Pesaro funereal …
Top Choice Market in San Polo & Santa Croce

Rialto Market

Venice’s Rialto Market has been whetting appetites for seven centuries. To see it at its best arrive in the morning with trolley-toting shoppers and you’ll be rewarded with pyramids of colourful seasonal produce lik…
Museum in San Polo & Santa Croce

Ca’ Pesaro

Like a Carnevale costume built for two, the stately exterior of this Baldassare Longhena–designed 1710 palazzo hides two intriguing museums: Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna and Museo d’Arte Orientale. While t…
Bridge in San Polo & Santa Croce

Ponte di Rialto

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 depicting St Mark, St Theodore and the Annunciation, the bri…
Market in San Polo & Santa Croce

Pescaria

Slinging fresh fish daily for 700 years and still going strong, the fishmongers here are more vital to Venetian cuisine than any chef. Scour the stalls of glistening fish on hillocks of ice for moscardini (baby octo…
Church in San Polo & Santa Croce

Chiesa di San Rocco

Originally built between 1489 and 1508, Bartolomeo Bon's creation received a baroque facelift between 1765 and 1771, which included a grand portal flanked by Giovanni Marchiori statues. Bon’s rose window was moved t…
Historic Building in San Polo & Santa Croce

Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

Flagellants founded this confraternity in 1261, and it served as social club to the Council of Ten, Venice’s dreaded secret service. Political power had obvious perks: Pietro Lombardo’s 1481 triumphal entry arch, a …
Museum in San Polo & Santa Croce

Palazzo Mocenigo

Venice received a dazzling addition to its property portfolio in 1945 when Count Alvise Nicolò Mocenigo bequeathed his family's 17th-century palazzo to the city. While the ground floor hosts temporary exhibitions, t…
Church in San Polo & Santa Croce

Chiesa di San Giacomo dell’Orio

La Serenissima seems as serene as ever inside the cool gloom of this Romanesque church, founded in the 9th to 10th centuries and completed in Latin-cross form by 1225 with chapels bubbling along the edges. Notable 1…