San Polo

As people pose for photo-ops and pass the time in local cafes, San Polo teeters the line between supremely busy and sublimely quaint.

Work your way into San Polo from its heavily foot-trafficked banks on the Grand Canal and you’ll find yourself weaving through labyrinthine streets, dusky cafes started by grandmothers’ grandmothers, and neighborhood markets selling the catch of the day. San Polo combines the tourist inclinations of Venice’s historic sights like Rialto Bridge and the oldest church in the city, San Giacomo di Rialto, with the relaxed attitudes of Venetians who have made San Polo their home for generations.

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On the Map

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

  • Public transit is Easy

Marco Polo Airport: 57 minutes by ferry
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: 22 minutes by vaporetto
Santa Lucia Train Station: 19 minutes by vaporetto
Piazza San Marco: 17 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 24 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 27 minutes by vaporetto

Busy Along Venice's Grand Canal

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Located in the geographic center of Venice's central islands, San Polo balances lively crowds of city visitors with everyday residents who appreciate the neighborhood's energy.

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Perhaps Venice's most beloved bridge, Rialto Bridge rises above the Grand Canal and connects San Polo to San Marco.

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Small shops and kiosks line the bridge's backside.

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On the other side, Rialto Bridge visitors are greeted with views of Venice's largest canal.

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Just beyond the reach of Rialto Bridge, outdoor fish markets sell the day's freshest catches.

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At night, the area transforms into a destination for evening drinks.

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In San Polo, you can stay on main streets or get lost in the neighborhood's little alleyways.

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Both carry their own kind of mystique.

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Small squares like San Rocco hide amid monumental sites.

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Frari Church features works by some of Italy's greatest artists.

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Behind the Frari, quiet canals create quiet moments.

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The neighborhood's eponymous square remains a favorite public gathering place.

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Painters, performers, and public cinemas make San Polo Square their own.

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Wandering around the area, you'll find lots of quaint traditional cafés and restaurants, where you can soak up the Venetian atmosphere and flavours."

Artisanal Roots

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Venice and its surrounding islands are revered for their artisanal traditions. Lace-making, glass-blowing, and gondola-building set the city apart when it comes to apprenticeship.

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It's rumored that only two men in Venice can make gondolas as graceful as the ones you see here. This atelier's workshop resides along a little alleyway in San Polo.

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Perhaps you'll find him.

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In San Polo, gondolas silently parade before your eyes on one of the largest bodies of water in the city, and the most picturesque area."

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Dining and Drinks In Central Venice

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San Polo's culinary scene centers on cichetti and fresh seafood.

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Some of its restaurants serve local clientele while others cater to visiting crowds.

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Find typical tourist restaurants along the Grand Canal.

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Find holes-in-the-wall farther inside San Polo.

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Whichever you find, find enjoyment.

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Feel the charm and glamour of Saint Mark’s Square, walk along the Rialto Bridge with its little shops ... and end the evening with a “spritz”, a traditional Venetian cocktail, in front of the Grand Canal to the melody of the Venetian songs."

San Polo After Dark

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In recent years, the area around the Rialto Bridge has begun to rival Dorsoduro's Santa Margherita Square when it comes to nighttime activity.

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Bars and cafes craft Venice's favorite cocktail, the spritz.

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Campari. White wine. Soda.

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On the rocks.

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This round's on us.

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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