San Polo, Venice

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San Polo is the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice, northern Italy, covering 86 acres (35 hectares) along the Grand Canal. It is one of the oldest parts of the city, having been settled before the ninth century, when it and San Marco formed part of the Realtine Islands. The sestiere is named for the Church of San Polo.OverviewThe district has been the site of Venice's main market since 1097, and connected to the eastern bank of the Grande Canal by the Rialto bridge since the thirteenth century. The western part of the quarter is now known for its churches, while the eastern part, sometimes just called the Rialto, is known for its palaces and smaller houses.Attractions in San Polo include the Rialto Bridge, the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto (according to legend the oldest in the city), the Campo San Polo, the House of Goldoni, the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Church of San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
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  • I came out to this square when I was walking from rialto. There were benches in some places, and we took a rest looking for a bench that was a little shaded. It seemed that the local people who seemed not to be tourists were resting. However, it was a large and empty park, but it was laid back and a place of relaxation.
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  • San Polo is the busiest and most crowded neighbourhood in Venice after San Marco. It is quite central and not quite as expensive as San Marco, making it the ideal place for dinner and for a hotel. I particularly recommend the Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo Sul Canal Grande, absolute top class! Otherwise there are many tourist shops in San Polo. During the day it is very crowded and therefore exhausting. If you are looking for peace and quiet, you should take a break from Santa Croce, Cannaregio or Castello during the day and pass through San Polo in the evening/at night. Then it is a bit quieter and still some bars and restaurants are open.
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