Welcome to our new category „Venice from A to Z“. While waiting for the Architecture Biennale in Venice to start – and to inform you about many peculiarities of the lagoon city before you visit our Meeting Point – we would like to present to you our Venice ABC in the following weeks and months.

Enjoy reading!


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…like Questura

The Questura (Police Headquarters) of Venice has become famous in particular by Commissario Brunetti, the fictional protagonist of the writer Donna Leon. Questura 30, commissariat of San Marco, which is central place in the books, has become a stop for many Brunetti fans on their walks through the Serenissima. Also the Commissarios favorite bar and other places, which the reader knows from the novels, can be explored on site.




…like Quartiere

Venice has six Quartieri or Sestieri (Venetian name given to its districts) which constitute the old city centre.

  • Cannaregio: the most populated sestiere. There is the Jewish Ghetto, the small area in which Jews were confined.
  • Castello: the largest Venetian sestiere. It’s in eastern Venice and includes the Arsenal.
  • Dorsoduro: it’s one of the most comfortable areas of Venice. The name (italian for „hard ridge“) is due to the fact that it was the only part of the city characterizes by a stable and less swampy land.
  • San Marco: the most famous sestiere, due to the homonym square and basilica.
  • San Polo: takes its name from the homonym church; it’s linked to San Marco by the well-known Rialto bridge.
  • Santa Croce: the road bridge Ponte della Libertà links this sestiere to the mainland, so Santa Croce is the only sestiere where car circulation is partially allowed.

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