“SE­STIE­RI”, THE DI­STRIC­TS OF VE­NI­CE

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Can­na­re­gio, li­ke Ca­stel­lo, is the lar­ge­st and mo­st den­se­ly po­pu­la­ted di­strict of Ve­ni­ce. Its na­me pro­ba­bly de­ri­ves from the ex­pan­se of reeds found in the swamps on whi­ch it was built.

Ca­stel­lo takes its na­me from the ca­stle of whi­ch tra­ces still re­main to­day. It ex­tends around the Arsenale and in­clu­des the Gar­dens of the Bien­na­le and the Ri­va de­gli Schia­vo­ni.

Dor­so­du­ro is na­med af­ter the com­pact sand du­nes found in this area. It over­looks bo­th the Grand Canal and the Giu­dec­ca Canal, along whi­ch the long pro­me­na­de kno­wn as the Fon­da­men­ta del­le Zat­te­re stret­ches.

San Mar­co takes its na­me from the Basilica. This is the ci­ty's main se­stie­re be­cau­se it hou­ses the pa­la­ces that on­ce con­sti­tu­ted the go­vern­ment of Ve­ni­ce un­til its fall.

San Po­lo, whi­ch takes its na­me from the chur­ch of San Po­lo, is the geographic cen­tre of Ve­ni­ce. It stret­ches from the hi­ghe­st part of the Rialto Brid­ge and is the pla­ce whe­re the Rialto fi­sh and ve­ge­ta­ble mar­ket is held.

Santa Cro­ce takes its na­me from the an­cient chur­ch of the sa­me na­me whi­ch un­for­tu­na­te­ly was de­mo­li­shed un­der Na­po­leon's ru­le. It in­clu­des the Sta­zio­ne Marittima and the piaz­za­le Ro­ma ter­mi­nal, a junc­tion for train and road trans­port (bu­ses, cars) and la­goon traf­fic (fer­ries, va­po­ret­ti or wa­ter bu­ses).

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