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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 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 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 hard to find. Once you do, say goodbye to soggy lasagne and hello to a market-driven menu of silky crudi (raw fish/seafood), surpr…
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 …