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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 Church 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 Classical Music in San Polo & Santa Croce

Palazetto Bru Zane

Pleasure palaces don't get more romantic than Palazetto Bru Zane on concert nights, when exquisite harmonies tickle Sebastiano Ricci angels tumbling across stucco-frosted ceilings. Multi-year restorations returned t…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

All’Arco

Search out this authentic neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern) for the best cicheti in town. Armed with ingredients from the nearby Rialto Market, father-son team Francesco and Matteo serve miniature masterpieces s…
Top Choice Wine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Al Prosecco

The urge to toast sunsets in Venice’s loveliest campo is only natural – and so is the wine at Al Prosecco. This forward-thinking bar specialises in vini naturi (natural-process wines) – organic, biodynamic, wild-yea…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Antiche Carampane

Hidden in the once shady lanes behind Ponte delle Tette, this culinary indulgence is a trick to find. Once you do, say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to a market-driven menu of silky crudi (raw fish/seafood), su…
Top Choice Wine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Al Mercà

Discerning drinkers throng to this cupboard-sized counter on a Rialto Market square to sip on top-notch prosecco and DOC (Denominazione de Origine Controllata) wines by the glass (from €3). Edibles usually include m…
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…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Osteria Trefanti

La Serenissima's spice trade lives on at simple, elegant Trefanti, where a dish of marinated prawns, hazelnuts, berries and caramel might get an intriguing kick from garam masala. Furnished with old pews and recycle…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Dai Zemei

Running this closet-sized cicheti counter are zemei (twins) Franco and Giovanni, who serve loyal regulars small meals with plenty of imagination: gorgonzola lavished with peperoncino (chilli) marmalade, duck breast …