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The Magnificent Monuments Of Venice

As said earlier, the older part of the city is divided into six areas called sestieri. These are Castello, Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce and San Marco. In this discussion, we will take you through the sestieri and discuss their major monuments. Like many other places in Venice, a tourist can probably walk to all of these.

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Santa Croce

This sestieri has two major sights - the Fondaco dei Turchi - originally the warehoiuse of the Ottoman Turks - used extensively for trading with the East since the 1600s. From 1924 it is in use as the Natural History Museum. The other major sight is the Ca' Mocenigo is a symbol of one of the oldest families of Venice. Beautifully built with an imposing 'portego', this building now belongs to the city council and houses a beautiful collection of religious fabrics.

San Polo

The Rialto Bridge in this part of the city is one of the most well recognized landmarks of Venice, Italy. Built in the 1590s, the bridge was then the only permanent structure across the Grand Canal.

The house of Carlo Goldoni - the famous playwright was born in 1707 and his house was purchased by a committee of citizens in 1814. Today the house is a centre for preservation of artists' papers, a theatre museum and home to the institute of Theatrical Studies. If the theatre interests you, head for this place!

Dorsoduro

This section houses the Ca' Rezzonico which is home to the 18th Century Museum in Venice. An earlier owner of this building was the famous English poet Robert Browning! The building was acquired by the City Council in 1925 and converted to a museum.

San Marco

This section of the town has the exceptionally beautiful Palazzo Ducale . This has been the official residence of the Doge - the rulers of the city and has also served as the Governments' main office. The Palace has been renovated and expanded several times over the last few centuries and has evolved into a majestic and grand building. Its rooms are full of frescos depicting Venetian history. Holiday in Venice is a perfect idea to cherish.

Cannaregio

The Ca' d'Oro or the golden home takes its name from the gold leaf that once adorned this beautiful home. It was built in the 15th century and changed owners several times during its history. The last owner - the Baron Giorgio Franchetti donated this building and its vast collection of paintings and exquisite furniture to the State in 1916. It is now a museum.

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