VENICE — Cannaregio Area

Cannaregio is a district situated in the centre of Venice close to the main railway station (Santa Lucia) and for tourists arriving by train this is probably the first place they will see on arrival in Venice. This area covers the whole northwest sector above the Grand Canal and bordering Castello to the east and San Marco to the south. The main route to San Marco is lined with shops and restaurants that are geared to the tourist but best avoided for the most part. It is also one of the few places in Venice where you can see Venetians living and working. Here you will find the locals dining at restaurants, non-tourist shops and markets. It is less busy than other parts of the city. All landmarks are within walking distance and the area itself offers some great attractions.

Some of the more famous sights found in this area are:
Ca D’Oro
Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto
Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Chiesa di Sant’Alvise
Museo Ebraico

Ca’ D’Oro

Ca D’Oro
This is one of the best preserved and most impressive of the hundreds of palazzi (palaces) lining the Grand Canal. After the Palazzo Ducale, it’s the city’s finest example of Venetian Gothic architecture. The name, meaning ‘House of Gold’ came from the gilded facade which originally decorated this gothic building. The Ca D’Oro houses the Galleria Franchetti which contains a wonderful collection of bronzes, tapestries and paintings with works by Tintoretto, Titan, Carpaccio, Mantegna, Vivarini, Signorelli and Van Eyck.
For more information visit the website at http://www.cadoro.org/sito/ing_museo.html

Traveller's Tip

Visit the balconies on the first and second floors for a glorious view over the Grand Canal.
Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto

Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto
The brick facade of this church, dating from 1462 represents a blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It contains a large number of outstanding sculptures including statues of the 12 apostles by Delle Masegne. The interior which has 3 naves contains many paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto. He was a parishioner of Madonna dell’Orto, and his tomb is found in the chapel to the right of the Presbytery. Many of Tintoretto’s paintings such as Last Judgement; Worship of the Golden Calf; The Raising of Licinius by St Agnes and Presentation of Mary in the Temple can be found in the church. In the Cappella di San Marco you will find the white stone statue of the Madonna and Child which the church is named after. Works by other artists include Madonna (1480) by Giovanni Bellini in the last chapel in the left aisle and St John the Baptist and Four Other Saints. You will also see a panel by Cima da Conegliano on the first altar on the right.

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli
This small but beautiful Renaissance church is fully covered inside and out in marble, bas-reliefs and statues. Miracoli houses Nicolo di Pietro’s Virgin and Child, which is a painting believed to have miraculous powers.

Traveller's Tip

Take time to look at the lovely timber ceiling and carvings on the choir stalls. There is a little bridge just before you approach this church that has a lovely view down the canal and is a great photo stop.
Chiesa di Sant’Alvise

Chiesa di Sant’Alvise
This church still contains its 15th century barco — the raised Nun’s Choir, which rests on columns and buttresses and leads directly from the church to the nearby convent. This is one of the earliest known examples of such a structure. One of the main works of art in the church is Christ Carrying the Cross, which is a youthful masterpiece by Giambattista Tiepolo.

Traveller's Tip

Take your time to look at the highly coloured ceiling frescos.

Museo Ebraico
The Jewish museum is small but contains a collection of material used in prayer and to decorate synagogues. A guided tour of the ghetto and some of its synagogues leaves from here.