Carve out a day to enjoy in a slow, relaxed way, away from the buzz and crowd, among calli (the typical Venetian streets), bacari (typical Venetian snack bars) and campielli (little squares) where the environment is still untouched, to get to know a still authentic Venice. You are in the right place to do it, in the Cannaregio district: from here you can easily move around in an exciting walking tour.
We suggest starting your visit of the area from the Jewish Ghetto, the first ghetto in Europe, less than a 10-minute walk from our hotel: here there are still many synagogues (two of them can be visited), an interesting Jewish Museum, the old Casal dei Servi with its unique collection of vintage boats, and Fornace Orsoni, the only remaining furnace that have been producing gold leaf mosaics with the same methods since 1888.
After synagogues it’s time for churches, such as the Church of the Scalzi, which preserves frescoes by Tiepolo, Madonna dell’Orto (a few steps away from Tintoretto’s birthplace) and, just beyond the characteristic Ponte delle Guglie, San Geremia, housing the remains of Saint Lucy of Syracuse, right in front of Palazzo Labia, with inside a charming cycle of frescoes by Tiepolo.
If you love going shopping, we recommend that you get to Lista di Spagna and the area of Mercerie, where are many bars, shops and ateliers. If you want to enjoy a real Venetian experience you cannot miss a tour of bacari, the traditional Venetian taverns, to have lunch or taste cicchetti, the typical local appetizers to combine with a good wine or a Spritz, mingling with Venice’s local people. A must-stop place for aperitivo is Fondamenta della Misericordia, that with its festive atmosphere full of water-front osterie, restaurants and bars is one of the preferred places for Venetian nightlife together with the waterfront restaurants of Fondamenta Cannaregio, where our hotel is located.
Eventually, get away from the city for a few hours to enjoy a tour to the islands of the lagoon: you can make for Murano, where you can get to know anything about the tradition of glassmaking at a local glassmaker, or Burano, well-known for its brightly colored houses and needle lace.