Attractions

Top Choice Jewish Site in Cannaregio

The Ghetto

In medieval times this part of Cannaregio housed a getto (foundry). But it was as the designated Jewish quarter from the 16th to 19th centuries that the word acquired a whole new meaning. In accordance with the Vene…
Top Choice Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli

When Nicolò di Pietro’s Madonna icon started miraculously weeping in its outdoor shrine around 1480, crowd control became impossible. With public fundraising and marble scavenged from San Marco slag heaps, this magn…
Top Choice Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto

This elegantly spare 1365 brick Gothic church remains one of Venice's best-kept secrets. It was the parish church of Venetian Renaissance painter Tintoretto (1518–94), who filled the church with his paintings and is…
Top Choice Museum in Cannaregio

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro

One of the most beautiful buildings on the Grand Canal, 15th-century Ca’ d’Oro's lacy arcaded Gothic facade is resplendent even without the original gold-leaf details that gave the palace its name (Golden House). Ba…
Museum in Cannaregio

Casanova Museum

Housed in the beautiful Palazzo Papafava, the Casanova Museum offers an immersive look at the world of Venetian lover and man of letters Giacomo Casanova. Rather than being titillating, it offers intelligent, length…
Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa dei Scalzi

An unexpected outburst of baroque extravagance, this Longhena-designed church (built 1654–80) has a facade by Giuseppe Sardi rippling with columns and statues in niches. This is an unusual departure for Venice, wher…
Museum in Cannaregio

Museo Ebraico

This museum explores the history of Venice’s Jewish community and showcases its pivotal contributions to Venetian, Italian and world history. Opened in 1955, it has a small collection of finely worked silverware and…
Church in Cannaregio

I Gesuiti

Giddily over the top even by rococo standards, this glitzy 18th-century Jesuit church is difficult to take in all at once, with staggering white-and-green intarsia (inlaid marble) walls that look like a version of V…
Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa di San Geremia

This hefty, domed, 18th-century church contains the body of St Lucy (Santa Lucia), one of the early church's most famous martyrs, who was killed in Syracuse in AD 304. Her body was stolen from Constantinople in 1204…
Synagogue in Cannaregio

Schola Canton

The Schola Canton was built circa 1531, with gilded rococo interiors added in the 18th century. Though European synagogues typically avoid figurative imagery, this little synagogue makes an exception to the rule wit…