Top 10 Things To Do And See In Santa Croce, Venice

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Santa Croce is one of the main sestiere, or districts, in Venice, and there is no shortage of things to do here. Tourists can choose to spend their days lounging in beautiful gardens, exploring museums, discovering the cuisine or gliding through the canals all without straying from this exciting neighborhood. Below is a list of the top activities in Santa Croce.


1. Ca’ Pesaro


International Modern Art Gallery Ca Pesaro in Venice, Italy
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This 1710 palazzo was designed by Baldassare Longhena, and inside travelers will be able to observe the decadent architecture and decoration and visit two intriguing museums. The first museum is the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, or the International Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museo d’Arte Orientale (Oriental Art Museum). The first covers a span of several centuries, with art dating from the 19th century and movements such as the Expressionists, Surrealists and Macchiaoli. The second museum showcases some of the objects purchased by Prince Enrico di Borbone on one of his trips to Asia, with over 30,000 works of art.

Gastronomic tour

Venetian cuisine is renowned throughout the country for its fabulous seafood recipes and innovative pasta dishes, so those who are in the Santa Croce area have no excuse to try out some of the area’s best restaurants. Smoked chicken with radish and sweet corn, succulent pizzas, chocolate cakes, cheese and mayo wraps and fine wines are just some of the things this neighborhood has to offer. For dinner visitors can go to some of the typical bacari bars and taste the renowned Venetian bar snacks, ciccheti.


Hop on a gondola

There is no better way of exploring Venice and its architecture than by water. From the low viewpoint that visitors have on a gondola, the buildings acquire an even more majestic air, and the whole feel of the city changes. It is pleasantly soothing and relaxing to glide by the grand palazzos and admire their exterior whilst listening to some of the explanations that most gondoliers will give. Tourists should however beware of the many scams that surround gondola-rides and ask around before committing to hiring one.


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