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Top Choice Basilica in Castello

Zanipolo

Commenced in 1333 but not finished until the 1430s, this vast church is similar in style and scope to the Franciscan Frari in San Polo which was being raised at the same time. Both oversized structures feature red-b…
Top Choice Venetian in Castello

CoVino

Tiny CoVino has only 14 seats but demonstrates bags of ambition with its inventive, seasonal menu inspired by the Venetian terroir. Speciality products are selected from Slow Food Foundation producers, and the charm…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Castello

Bar Dandolo

Dress to the nines and swan straight past the 'hotel guests only' sign to the glamorous bar filling the grand hall of the 14th-century Palazzo Dandolo. Sparkles from Murano chandeliers reflect off the gilt edges and…
Top Choice Gardens in Castello

Giardini Pubblici

Begun under Napoleon as the city's first public green space, these leafy gardens are now the main home of the Biennale. Only around half of the gardens is open to the public all year round as the rest is given over …
Top Choice Church in Castello

Scuola Dalmata di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni

This 15th-century Dalmatian religious-confraternity house is dedicated to favourite Slavic saints George, Tryphon and Jerome, whose lives are captured with precision and glowing, early Renaissance grace by 15th-cent…
Top Choice Historic Site in Castello

Arsenale

Founded in 1104, the Arsenale soon became the greatest medieval shipyard in Europe, home to 300 shipping companies employing up to 16,000 people. Capable of turning out a new galley in a day, it is considered a fore…
Art in Castello

La Biennale di Venezia

Europe’s premier arts showcase since 1907 is something of a misnomer: the Biennale is now actually held every year, but the spotlight alternates between art (odd-numbered years) and architecture (even-numbered years…
Venetian in Castello

Trattoria Corte Sconta

Well-informed visitors and celebrating locals seek out this vine-covered corte sconta (hidden courtyard) for its trademark seafood antipasti and imaginative house-made pasta. Inventive flavour pairings transform the…
Venetian in Castello

Local

Although he’s cooked in fine-dining establishments like Locanda Locatelli, Noma and the Cipriani, chef Matteo Tagliapietra grew up on the fisherman’s island of Burano. As such his simple, seasonal cooking is rooted …
Modern Italian in Castello

Met

The Hotel Metropole's Michelin-starred restaurant offers an intriguing proposition: at each stage of its multicourse menu you can order a traditional Venetian dish or a theatrical modern interpretation using the sam…