Cannaregio

From kitschy souvenir stalls to mom-and-pop shops, Cannaregio's got it all.

The sequestered site of the Venetian Ghetto until the end of the 18th century, Cannaregio has grown into an inconspicuously energetic central neighborhood. Bordering the city’s Grand Canal, plein air artists paint crumbling bell towers while striped-shirted gondoliers tout idyllic transportation services. Whether or not you get on the water, find your own romance amidst the gelato shops, souvenir stalls, and fruit stands that squeeze together in the photo-friendly environs of centuries-old balconies and bridges.

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On the Map

Cannaregio is bordered by San Polo, San Marco, Dorsoduro/Accademia, Santa Croce, and Castello

  • Public transit is Easy

Marco Polo Airport: 35 minutes by vaporetto and bus without traffic
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: 8 minutes by vaporetto
Santa Lucia Train Station: It's walkable
Piazza San Marco: 30 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 33 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 36 minutes by vaporetto

Between Quiet and Crowded Along the Grand Canal

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Cannaregio depicts two sides of Venice.

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Arrive at the city's Venezia Santa Lucia train station and walk down Cannaregio's campo-connecting Strada Nuova, and you'll find the crowds that Venice is known for attracting.

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Only the 4th bridge to cross the city's Grand Canal, the Ponte della Costituzione's contemporary stylings raised alarm in 2004.

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Celebrating their status as one of Venice's most connected neighborhoods, Cannaregians have since adapted to the modern bridge that joins the city's transport hubs.

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In Cannaregio, escaping the clamor of crowds is simple.

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One turn off of the neighborhood's bustling Strada Nuova, and you'll find Venice's quiet side.

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Historic squares await you.

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Tables await you.

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Journey along the neighborhood's fondamenta and you'll encounter both sides of Venice dining together.

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Cannaregio's mix of clatter and calm endears it to its residents and its visitors.

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Pixel
The [neighborhood] has a lot of character, and moving towards Castello there are many wonderful local shops and restaurants, slightly away from the beaten tourist track."

Henrik

Visited in 2013

A Jewish Enclave In the Center of Cannaregio

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Instituted in 1516, the Venetian Ghetto is the world's first Jewish Ghetto. This square, Campo di Ghetto, served as the neighborhood's public center. Its uncharacteristically tall buildings provide a telling visual history–forbidden to expand outward, the area's residents built upward.

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Links to its Jewish past are still present.

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Jewish-owned shops populate the area.

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Memorials stand as testaments to their struggle.

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Remains of old offices remind visitors of the restrictions the Jewish population were once required to abide by.

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Kosher restaurants offer customary Jewish specialities.

Pixel
The area is quite well known for its vibrant evenings, busy aperitif times and a great mixture of locals and visitors."

The Crowds Along the Canals

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Short canals meander through Cannaregio and connect Venice's Grand Canal to the surrounding lagoon.

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Crowds gather to catch the ferry or a vaporetto, Venice's version of New York's yellow taxis.

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They filter through the stalls and stands along Strada Nuova.

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They purchase pieces of Venice to wear home.

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They walk with a purpose.

The Local Look of Cannaregio

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Off of Cannaregio's main footpaths, daily markets serve locals fresh produce.

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Docks provide quiet respites.

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Cichetti, Venice's version of tapas, climb onto plates ready for patio tables.

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Cannaregio's nights are mainly quiet, but a smattering of neighborhood hangouts stay open late. Locals can be seen snacking away the evening at Aldo and The Lost Paradise.

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Paradise found.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Luca Girardini is a freelance photographer based in Venice, Italy. He turned to photography after studying architecture at university and specialises in architectural and interior design photography. His personal work explores the contemporary landscape. Luca photographed Venice for Airbnb and set out to capture the real Venice he knows rather than its tourist persona.

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