Sestieri of Venice
Neighborhoods of Venice: Sestieri
From its foundation, Venice has been divided into six neighborhoods, known in Italian as sestieri (singular sestiere).
A charming chaos
Each sestiere has its own number consisting of four digits. This peculiar system makes it sometimes challenging to find your way around Venice.
Sometimes you can find two buildings with the same number not far from each other, but each belonging to a different district.
The Six Sestieri of Venice
- The district of San Marco is named after the city’s patron saint, and is without a doubt the heart of Venice.
- Established near the Rialto Bridge, San Polo is Venice’s smallest district and one of the oldest in the city. It is believed to be the most authentic neighborhood in Venice.
- The district of Dorsoduro is located in the southeast part of Venice and includes Giudecca island. It is a cool and trendy area full of students.
- Several notable Italians lived in Cannaregio throughout the various centuries including Marco Polo, Titian or Tintoretto. It is currently the most populated area.
- Castello is Venice’s largest neighborhood. It includes the tourist area that surrounds the Doge’s Palace and an ancient shipyard. It is called "Castello" after a castle that was located in the area during the Roman empire.
- Santa Croce and especially the eastern part of the district is one of the humblest areas of Venice. It is the only part of the island in which cars can travel.