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Santa Croce District

The Sestiere of Santa Croce is the smallest of  the city, it is the only one that can be reached by car and is directly linked to the mainland by the Ponte della Libertà (a bridge across the lagoon). It borders to the Sestiere of San Polo and Dorsoduro and the lagoon; two of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal are here, the “ constitution “ aka Calatrava bridge and the Scalzi Bridge.

Its name comes from a part of the Saint cross of Jerusalem, a piece was conserved into a church then demolished by Napoleon. On this part of the city it is possible to find out sings of the past, there are many museums, churches and monuments, as well sings of a less distant past, it is the part of the city that has changed more during the XX century, the building of  the “ Ponte della Libertà “ (the bridge to the mainland) and the recent Constitution bridge, and  people mover.

Facing the Grand Canal it was built on the first half of the XIII century by a noble family from Pesaro and lately sold to the Republic in 1381 and then gifted to the Marquis of Ferrara. 

It is the fourth bridge spanning across the Grand Canal, from Piazzale Roma (Car Terminal of the city) to Santa Lucia Train Station.

The Church of San Simeon Piccolo is situated in the “Sestiere“ of Santa Croce, facing the Grand Canal in front of the Santa Lucia Train station.

The Church of San Zan Degolà (St. Johan The Beheaded) can be found in one of the quietest corners of the city, way far from the standard itinerary and totally forgotten by the mass of tourists.

It is friendly called Church of Tolentini, it’ s on the Santa Croce Sestiere facing the homonymous square, few steps from Piazzale Roma and the Papadopoli Gardens.

Ca’ Pesaro is one of the best baroque place in Venice facing the Grand Canal, commissioned by Pesaro Family to Baldassarre Longhena in 600. 

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