Top things to do in San Polo & Santa Croce

Top Choice Historic Building in San Polo & Santa Croce

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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

I Frari

A soaring Gothic church, the Friary'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 funere…
Top Choice Market in San Polo & Santa Croce

Rialto Market

Venice’s main market has been whetting appetites for seven centuries, with fruit and vegetable stands abutting the rather more pungent Pescaria. To see it at its best, arrive in the morning along with the trolley-pu…
Top Choice Wine Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Cantina Do Spade

Famously mentioned in Casanova's memoirs, cosy 'Two Spades' was founded in 1488 and continues to keep Venice in good spirits with its bargain Tri-Veneto and Istrian wines and young, laid-back management. Come early …
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce

Zanze XVI

These sophisticated culinary adventurers offer a contemporary spin on Venetian traditions. Opt for a 'surprise' five-course mare (seafood, €70) or terra (meat and local produce, €50) menu, or leap straight into the …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Il Mercante

An hour's changeover is all it takes for historic Caffè dei Frari to transform itself into its nighttime guise as Venice's best cocktail bar. If you can't find anything that takes your fancy on the adventurous theme…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in San Polo & Santa Croce

Process Collettivo

A nonprofit cooperative runs this little shop, selling goods made by inmates of Venice's prisons as part of a social reintegration programme. The toiletries are made from plants grown in the garden of the women's pr…
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Osteria Trefanti

La Serenissima's spice trade lives on at simple, elegant Trefanti, where gnocchi might get an intriguing kick from cinnamon, and turbot is flavoured with almond and coconut. Seafood is the focus; try the 'doge's fet…
Top Choice Venetian in San Polo & Santa Croce


Step out of your water taxi into the canalside garden of this inventive Michelin-starred restaurant in the Hotel Palazzo Venart. The contemporary menu is focused on local ingredients, pepping up Veneto favourites wi…
Top Choice Bar in San Polo & Santa Croce

Osteria da Filo

A living room where drinks are served, this locals' hangout comes complete with creaky sofas, free wi-fi, abandoned novels and the occasional live-music gig. Drinks are cheap and the Venetian tapas tasty.