Walking around Castello
Walking around Castello, the biggest district of Venice which includes the island of San Pietro di Castello, the ancient religious heart of the city, and the area of Arsenale, the ancient shipyard of the Serenissima.
We start from the bank of Fondamenta Nove, that faces the islands of Murano and San Michele in the northern lagoon, and following the indications that lead to Rialto we arrive to the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture in Venice.
We continue towards the nearby Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where we can admire the splendid Gothic-Renaissance Basilica, next to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, currently the civil hospital.
Turning then into Barbaria delle Tole, we arrive to the complex of the convent of San Francesco della Vigna, a Gothic building with three cloisters that rises in this working-class area of the city.
We continue to the right towards Riva degli Schiavoni where we can find the church of San Giorgio dei Greci which testifies the presence of a numerous Greek-orthodox community in Venice.
At this point we come out onto the bank and continue towards the Arsenale that used to be the powerful shipyard of the Serenissima where we can admire the impressive entrance portal surrounded by two enormous lions.
After the Arsenale we can enter the lively and popular Via Garibaldi: a little bit ahead on the right there is the entrance to Giardini, where the Venice Biennale Art Exibition takes place.
Continuing all the way to the end we can arrive up to the silent and little visited island of San Pietro di Castello, seat of the ancient cathedral of Venice and connected to Venice by a long bridge.