Sant’Erasmo, an island where time seems to have stopped

An island, not far from the campsite, that worth for sure a visit is Sant’Erasmo, especially if you love cycling and discover less-known places far from tourist attractions. Here our suggestions to plan your visit and discover this island, where time seems to have stopped.

How to go

You can easily get to Sant’Erasmo by a 20-30 mins boat ride from Treporti. Take line 13 ACTV (available all year long) and take your bicycle on board! You will need it during your trip…

Good to know

  • After Venice, Sant’Erasmo is the biggest island of the Venetian lagoon, long more than 4 km and narrow between 500 meters and 1 kilometer. Here the view on the lagoon is amazing: you can admire from one side the islands of Burano and Lazzaretto Vecchio from other one the islands of Vignole and Murano, but also the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti and Lido di Venezia
  • Today really few people live there (around 800), mainly devoted to agriculture. The island is in fact traditionally known as the “vegetable garden of Venice”, built by the Serenissima to cultivate fresh fruits and vegetables. Nowaday Sant’Erasmo is famous for the cultivation of artichokes (remember the “castraure” and the “carciofo violetto”), thistles and asparagus, but also for the wine production, that once took a large part of its activity
  • Sant’Erasmo is one of the few islands of the Venetian lagoon where it is allowed to drive cars, even if only residents can do it. In fact the island is not connected to the mainland by a ferry boat service and vehicles are brought to Sant’Erasmo with large boats called “Topo” and stay there as long as they are usable
  • Because it’s sparsely populated, in Sant’Erasmo you can find only a minimarket, a bar-pizzeria, a restaurant, a guesthouse, a church and an elementary school: here dominate vegetable gardens and vineyards, the real beauty of this island.

What to see

  • Take line 13 ACTV from Treporti and get off the waterbus at “Capannone” stop
  • Take Str. Vicinale dei Forti for about 1 km. This road will take you to the beach of the “bacan” where the Venetians, by boat, traditionally go for a swim

  • On the way you will see on the right the island of Vignole. Further on you will find the Massimiliana Tower, an Austrian military fortification, which has remained the only example still existing in Italy. Restored and open to the public in 2004, the tower currently hosts art exhibitions and cultural events

Torre Massimiliana Sant’Erasmo

  • From the Massimiliana Tower follow Via dei Forti for about 3,5 km along the wildest part of the island. On your right, a wonderful view on the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti from Punta Sabbioni to Treporti will accompany you
  • At the end of Via dei Forti, take Via de le Motte for around 500 meters until “Punta Vela” vaporetto stop: in front of you, you will see the small and peaceful island of San Francesco, home of a Franciscan monastery
  • From Punta Vela, ride your bicycle along Via de le Motte for about 1,5 km towards the Church of Cristo Re, erected in 1929 and take a look at the church
  • Close to the Church of Cristo Re there is the waterbus stop “Chiesa”. From there you can take the line 13 ACTV to come back to Treporti, otherwise you can ride back to the stop “Capannone” (about 2 km) and take the waterbus from there.

Festivals in Sant’Erasmo

During the festivals, Sant’Erasmo becomes a lively village that attracts many visitors.

  • The festival of violet artichoke (Festa del carciofo violetto), on the second Sunday of May. On this occasion at the Torre Massimiliana you can taste and buy local products as artichoke-based dishes
  • The Feast of Christ Re (Festa di Cristo Re), patron saint, on the first Sunday of June, at the village square
  • The must festival (Festa del mosto), the first or second Sunday in October. Here the protagonist is the “torbolino”, a little sparkling and sweet wine, made from white grapes and not totally fermented.

Now that you know more about Sant’Erasmo, are not you curious to visit it?

Best events in September

September is one of the best periods of the year to discover our beautiful surroundings and spend an holiday at Ca’Savio enjoying the quietness of the camping life typical of this month.

Sunny and warm days await you to explore the lagoon just behind the campsite (a bike tour is a must to admire the amazing colours of nature at the sunset), to visit Venice and the islands of the lagoon by boat or join beautiful events not to be missed.

Here are our tipps:

Historical regatta

One of the most fascinating events of the year will take place in Venice on September 1. The Historical Regatta will enchant thousands of spectators who will seek the best place along the Grand Canal to admire the 16th century-style boats parade and the races of Venetian traditional rowing boats.

regata storica venezia fiati

76th Venice International Film Festival

Until September 7 the Lido of Venice will host the 76th Venice International Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in Italy. If you are a movie lover don’t miss the retrospectives and tributes to major figures of the history of cinema!

festival cinema venezia - leone d'oro

Caribe Bay

Caribe Bay, the best water theme park in Italy will be open until September 15. Don’t miss the chance to spend one day there by saving with the discount tickets available at our Customer Care office! 80,000 square meters of entertainment, adrenalin, sports and relaxation will wait for you in Jesolo!

caribe bay jesolo

Jujube Festival

On September 15 the jujube, one of the typical fruits of Cavallino-Treporti, will be celebrated in Lio Piccolo from 09:00 through food stands, music and entertainment.

Jesolo Air Show

From 15:30 amazing acrobatic patrols will color the sky of Jesolo. A unique show not to be missed from the beach in front of Brescia Square!

Frecce Tricolori Jesolo

Slow Venice guided tour

Get the chance to join a guided tour in Venice to discover the hidden corners of the city far from the tourist masses. The tour “I Slow Venice” will be available until September 19!


Experience a gondola ride

Are you getting to Ca’ Savio and finally have the chance to visit Venice for a gondola ride? For sure an unforgettable experience is waiting for you, but before you get on board, keep on reading and decide if a gondola ride is for you!

1. What is a gondola?

A Gondola is one of several types of local rowing boats, for sure the most famous and an icon image of Venice. Gondola has a flat bottom, it is handcrafted using 280 pieces of 8 different types of wood as oak, fir, cherry, larch, walnut, linden, mahogany, elm and unlike most Venetian boats, it is asymmetric. The measures of a gondola are: 11 m long, 1,45 m wide, less than 1m deep, for a total weight of 600 kg. Once ago gondolas were regularly used by Venetians, but today they have been replaced by private motor boats or public transports called “vaporetti” (water buses) and used only by gondoliers offering gondola tours in the canals of Venice.

2. How does a gondola ride work?

Gondola holds 6 people. So if you are travelling solo, you can share it with other travelers without an additional fee. You can experience a gondola ride during the day or the night (you will pay more for a nightly tour), but please note that gondola is not equipped with awnings, so on a hot summer day you will be under the full sun. The ride starts: the gondolier will help you boarding his gondola and invite you to sit down on a double-armchair. Then the gondolier will start rowing and take you on a ride on the canals around your point of departure (if you want to go to a particular place, discuss it with the gondolier before the ride, because there may be an extra fee). The gondolier can give you some sightseeing narration during the ride, but don’t expect it as he will sing as in the movies. The tour lasts 30 minutes and then you are taken back to your point of departure.


3. How much does a gondola ride cost?

Standard gondola rides in Venice have a fixed cost, so don’t try to negotiate it! The price is 80€ for a 30-minutes tour during the day (from 09:00 to 19:00). At night (from 19:00 to 03:00) the cost is 100€. If you desire to stay longer ask for the price before the start of the tour.

4. Where to go on a gondola ride?

You can ride close to the most famous landmarks of the city as the Grand Canal, St. Mark Square and Rialto Bridge or on the quiet back canals as most people recommend. There, far from the main tourist areas, you can discover the authentic Venice and admire the city from a different point of view!


5. Where to find a gondola station?

Here a list of gondola stations (called “stazio”) located all around Venice:

  • Hotel Danieli Stazio, Riva degli Schiavoni (on the right side of St. Mark Square, close to vaporetto stop “San Zaccaria – Danieli”)
  • Stazio Molo, Riva degli Schiavoni (in front of St. Mark Square)
  • Stazio Dogana, Riva degli Schiavoni (on the left side of St. Mark Square, close to vaporetto stop “San Marco – Vallaresso”)
  • Stazio Trinità, Calle Larga 22 Marzo, 2091/b (on the left side of St. Mark Square)
  • Stazio Bacino Orseolo, San Marco 1162 (behind St. Mark Square)
  • Stazio Accademia, San Polo, 2259 (in front of Accademia Galleries)
  • Stazio Ferrovia, Piazzale Roma (close to Santa Lucia railway station). Here you can also find a unique wheelchair friendly dock suitable for disabled people, who can easily access the gondola with their wheelchair. Further information on

Torcello: the cradle of Venice

Founded in the 5th century by the inhabitants of the Roman city of Altino, who settle there fleeing from the troops of Attila the Hun, Torcello is even older than Venice and was a very important island in ancient times, once having a population of around 20000 people. The island turned into largely swampland in the 12th century, then malaria came and the much of the population either died or left to other islands. Buildings were plundered for building material and even if today little remains of its once splendid palaces, churches, and monasteries and only 20 residents live here , Torcello worth a visit for a little escape from the crowed Venice and to enjoy its wonderful quiet.


Torcello is easily accessible from Burano in 5 minutes with the ACTV waterbus (line 9). When you arrive at the dock, follow the long avenue along the canal. Here you can find all the information to get to the lagoon islands from Camping Ca’ Savio.

First you will find the recently renovated Ponte del Diavolo (“Devil’s Bridge”) dating back to the 15th century. There are several legends related to this bridge without any rail. One states that it takes its name from having been built by the devil in a single night. Another, that the devil waits here to claim the souls of seven innocent children; payment for reuniting two young lovers (a Venetian girl and an Austrian soldier, murdered by the girl’s family to keep them apart).


Continue down the canal-side path, past several restaurants and vendors stalls until you reach the the square of the town and the main attractions of the island: the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Santa Fosca and the Museo of Torcello.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was built in 639 and has a tall 11th-century bell tower that dominates the skyline. It contains beautiful Byzantine mosaics from the 11th and 12th century, you cannot compare for the size to the mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica, but you can admire them surrounded by the quiet of Torcello. In the churchyard you can see the ruins of the original 7th century baptistery, instead the courtyard area outside the cathedral hosts a big throne made of stone called “Il Trono di Attila”, or Attila’s Throne, erroneously attributed to the famous leader of the Huns, but probably belonged to the Bishop of Torcello.

Attila's throne Torcello

Next to the basilica is the 11th century Church of Santa Fosca surrounded by a 5-sided portico in the form of a Greek cross. The church was built to hold the remains of St. Fosca of Ravenna, martyred in the 3rd century, whose body lies beneath the altar.

torcello santa fosca

On the left side of the square is located the Palazzo del Consiglio, built in Gothic style as the seat of government of the island. Today it hosts the Museum of Torcello, which contains works of art and archaeological finds from the surrounding region coming from the Late Latin, Byzantine and Medieval ages.

Torcello is not one of the most famous and visited island of the Ventian lagoon, but it is a place to consider if you are looking for a cultural trip, far from the tourist paths.

Murano: the island of art-glass

Murano is one of the best-known islands in the lagoon of Venice, famous all over the world for its beautiful glassware and for the fine art of glassmaking. This tiny island of 5000 people, many of whom are direct descendants of famous glassmaking families, is rich in culture and tradition and it is definitely a location to consider for lovers of art, fine craftsmanship or simply to enjoy breathtaking views on the Venetian lagoon. So do not miss to visit Murano during your stay at Ca’Savio: this island offers a lot to see!

Glass Museum – Fondamenta Giustinian 8

If you are interested in the art of glass making, the Glass Museum is for you.

Located in a palace of 17th century, it displays varieties of glass from as far back as Egyptian times and collections donated by local artisans in the second half of the 19th century, when production in the area reached its peak.

Glass Museum Murano

Glass Museum Murano

Basilica of St. Mary and St. Donato – Campo San Donato 11

Dating from the 7th century, the Basilica of St. Mary and St. Donato is the Duomo for Murano Island. While many churches contain the bones of saints, this basilica contains more than just the relice of St. Donato. Suspended behind the altar are four rib bones, measuring more than 1 meter long, that according to legend, came from a dragon that St. Donato slew in Greece. The Duomo, made of brick and marble, features also a highly detailed mosaic flooring, paintings inspired by Byzantine art and a tall bell tower.

Murano - Duomo

Murano – Duomo

Palazzo da Mula – Fondamenta da Mula

This palace, a luxurious summer residence of the Venetian patricians, is one of the last remaining examples of Venetian Gothic architecture. It is a wonderful building dating back to the Renaissance. As opposed to many palaces in Venice, Palazzo da Mula, boasts a courtyard and a garden, very rare in this city built on the sea.

Murano Palazzo da Mula

Murano – Palazzo da Mula

St. Peter the Martyr Church – Campo Santo Stefano

Located in Campo Santo Stefano, the largest square of Murano, St. Peter the Martyr Church was built in 1506 and features some peculiar aspects of Renaissance art and hosts beautiful paintings by Tintoretto and Bellini.

Murano – san Pietro Martire

The lighthouse

Murano’s white lighthouse, dating to 1934, is a distinctive island landmark. It’s not open to the public, but it worth to be seen even only from outside.

Murano faro

Murano – lighthouse

Grand Canal

Just like Venice, also Murano has its Grand Canal that splits the town in two parts. Here the Grand Canal is smaller than in Venice and it is crossed by Ponte Vivarini – called by the residents “Ponte Lungo” (“Long Bridge”).

Murano Canal Grande

Murano Canal Grande

Glassmaking factories and glass souvenirs

Visiting the glassmaking factories is probably the most popular activity for tourists in Murano. When deciding to see glass-making demonstrations, please note that the top art glass workshops do not offer glass-making demonstrations to tourists as they consider it a distraction from their main business. By the way, you can find some factories that offer demonstrations allowing you to experience glassmaking for yourself. Please remember that glassmaking involves the use of furnaces, so if you are planning a visit in June or July (most of them are closed in August) – we suggest you to dress lightly. Wish to buy an original souvenir from Murano? Look for the “Vetro Murano Artistico” trademark decal on the shop windows that sell glass items: you will buy the authentic Murano glass and not a cheap Chinese counterfeit!

glassmaking Murano

Murano Glassmaking factory

Are you planning to visit Murano, but you do not know how to reach it from Ca’Savio? It is easy! You need only to reach by bike, by car or by bus the pier of Punta Sabbioni or Treporti (around 4 km). From both piers you can take a waterbus (line 12 ACTV) to Murano. The ticket costs 7,50€ (per person/one way). Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

May 2019 – A month full of events

The 2019 season will start soon and many interesting events are planned for the month of May.

On May 1 don’t miss the Festa dea Sparesea (Asparagus Feast) in the city center of Cavallino. The feast celebrates the asparagus, one of the typical products of our coast, and will start already on April 30 from 17:00 with the “spritz corner” and food stands opening. Local food, shows, exhibitions and good music will cheer this feast beloved by young and old.


From May 11 to November 24 you can visit in Venice the 58th International Art Exhibition titled “May You Live In Interesting Times” and curated by Ralph Rugoff. Take the chance to visit this great exhibition at the Giardini or the Arsenale from 10:00 to 18:00.

may you live in interesting times
In this period Venice will also host an important exhibition dedicated to Canaletto, one of the most important painters of the Venetian 18th century, available at the Doge’s Palace until June 9. If you love art and Venice you will certainly miss it!

On May 26 Aqualandia, the best water theme park in Italy, will open its gates for another amazing season in Lido di Jesolo, only 15 minutes far from the campsite. This year the park has changed its name in “Caribe Bay” and waits for you all with 80,000 square meters of entertainment, adrenalin, sports and relaxation. Here you can try the tallest bungee-jumping tower in Europe, enjoy professional shows and entertainment activities or simply relax on the white sandy beaches of the park…

Caribe bay - Aqualandia

For history lovers a must is a visit to the Vettor Pisani Battery, located a few steps far from the campsite (here the bicycle tour). The battery has re-opened on April 5 and this year will offer its visitors a new exhibition dedicated to the Great War with precious relics and objects and a new section dedicated to children. Come and visit it!

These are just a few suggestions for the month of May. We wait for you at our Customer Care office for many other interesting tips! See you!

Ca’Savio, a romantic holiday destination

Many people consider Ca’Savio as campsite for families, because the many services and facilities it provides to families travelling with kids.

But Ca’Savio can be also a romantic holiday destination, especially if you overstay in the low season, when the campsite is less crowed and you can completely enjoy the beauty of its nature.
Whether you choose a comfortable accommodation in the shade of a lush pinewood or near the sea, an iconic sparkling Airstream caravan or a Glamping Nordisk tent, you can spend here a holiday with your beloved surrounded by nature in a friendly atmosphere.

Many of our guests have met and fallen in love at Ca’Savio in the past! Today they come for a family holiday or to celebrate their anniversary and tell us their memories about romantic corners of the campsite or nearby, where they have spent unforgettable moments.

romantic Ca' Savio

Here the most romantic corners of Ca’Savio and the surroundings:

Our beach

Our beach is absolutely a very romantic place. Admire the sunrise or the sunset walking hand in hand along the beach or a wonderful starry sky lying on the sand is an unforgettable experience you cannot miss especially if you are in love!

ca savio beach

Sleep under a starry sky

Take your tent with you and choose one of our quiet pitches: you can sleep under the stars surrounded by nature and lulled by the sound of the sea. Do you want to find your tent already assembled? Take a look at our Nordisk Village tents: they are the right choice for you!

Our lagoon

The lagoon landscape just behind the campsite and the small village of Lio Piccolo are the ideal places to enjoy the wonderful nature of our coastline. In these places, where silence reigns supreme, even a simple bike ride can be special and romantic.

Burano island

The picturesque island of Burano, just 20 minutes far from Ca’Savio by boat, worth for sure a visit during your romantic holiday. Here time seems to stand still. Walk along the main road and do not miss to stop at the Love Viewing Bridge for a picture embraced with a panorama full of houses and colourful reflections.

St. Mark’s Square

If you are visiting Venice, take a break (the bill could be a little expensive) sitting in one of the cafes overlooking St. Mark’s Square, one of the most romantic places of the city. Alternatively you can admire the square with the lights of the night and be enchanted by its beauty.

piazza san marco

Bridge of Sighs

It is the romantic symbol of Venice and one of the most visited places of the city, especially by lovers. A must is a kiss with the Bridge of Sighs in the background.

ponte dei sospiri

Sunset at the “Zattere”

Not to be missed is the view of the sunset at the “Zattere”, the most southern place of the island, on the benches overlooking the Giudecca. A nice walk for romantics can be from Punta della Dogana, near the Basilica della Salute, up to San Basilio, the port area.

zattere venezia

Gondola ride

True romantics can certainly not miss a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. You will feel like taking a dip in the past and you will enjoy a view of the Venetian palaces from an incomparable perspective.


A walk through the calli

Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of Venice (called “calli”) to admire the beauty of this timeless city. During your walk you will certainly find a typical restaurant where to stop for a romantic dinner!

venezia calli

10. San Giorgio Island

San Giorgio is a beautiful island located in front of St. Mark’s Square. We suggest you to visit the island famous for its quietness, but also to climb the bell tower. Here at the sunset you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Venice as you have never seen it before!

Venice - Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

San Francesco del Deserto

Located in the lagoon of Venice, at short distance from the island of Burano and Sant’Erasmo, San Francesco del Deserto is a small and peaceful island, home of a Franciscan Monastery founded in 1230. The island is surrounded by sand banks and cypresses and is accessible only by private transport or taxi: it is the ideal place for an historical-religious visit far from the tourist routes, but also to enjoy the peace and tranquility that San Francesco del Deserto offers.

San Francesco del Deserto

The origins

The origins of this island date back to Roman times, but the Franciscan story begins in 1220, when Francesco d’Assisi, returning from the East, stayed there in retreat for a short time. At that time the island was called “Isola delle Due Vigne” and was owned by the Venetian nobleman Jacopo Michiel, who donated it to the Franciscan Order in 1233. Since this moment the island was renamed “Isola di San Francesco” and the suffix “del Deserto” (of the Desert) was applied in the XV century, when the island was abandoned for a short period because of diseases and malaria, which spread in these areas.

San Francesco del Deserto - isola del Deserto

Visiting the island

When you get off in San Francesco del Deserto, you will see a wooden cross and a cobblestone road that leads to the monastery, even today active. Once you arrive at the entrance, ring the bell and you will be welcomed by a monk, who will accompany you during your visit. In the monastery you will see two cloisters: the first partially destroyed by Napoleon’s troops and rebuilt by the Franciscans in the second half of XIX century, dates back to the XIII century, instead the second cloister dates back to the XV century. The Church of the island was erected in 1401 over the ancient Byzantine church. During your visit on the island you will also have the chance to take a look at the garden full of trees and flowers, where the friars raise some animals and cultivate the ground: there two wonderful terraces will allow you to admire the Venice lagoon and offer a breathtaking view towards the island of Burano.

San Francesco del Deserto - O beata Solitudo

Getting to San Francesco del Deserto

The easiest and cheapest way to get to San Francesco del Deserto is to go to Burano. From the campsite, go to Treporti (3,5 km). There take ACTV waterbus (line 12) to Burano (15-20 mins). In Burano, because there are no public transports to San Francesco del Deserto, take a water taxi or a private boat that links Burano to San Francesco del Deserto. We suggest you to keep in touch in advance with Laguna Fla Group and book your transfer. Please note that the service is held with reservations required and with a minimum of 4 passengers. The price for a return ticket (line B Burano-San Francesco del Deserto) is about 10€.

Opening times

You can visit the island every day (except on Monday) for a couple of hours in the morning and in the afternoon. Visits are not admitted on September 17 (Feast of St. Francis’s Stigmata) and on October 04 (Feast of St. Francis). The visit is guided by a Franciscan (free offer). For more details or updated information about opening times please visit


Events in September

Even September is a month full of events here in Cavallino-Treporti or in the surroundings!

Venice International Film Festival

As in the last 75 years at the beginning of September, Venice hosts the International Film Festival. The island of Lido will dress up for the occasion and many famous people will visit the city to join the festival. If you love movies, you cannot miss the festival from August 29 to September 8!

Grape Festival

On September 1 the traditional festival dedicated to grape will take place in via Francesco Baracca (Cavallino). Food stands, music, dances will entertain you from 19:00.

Festa dell'uva Cavallino treporti

Historical Regatta

On September 2 the Historical Regatta will enthrall thousands of viewers starting at 16:00. The 4 races will be preceded by a spectacular historical water pageant made of 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume. Don’t miss the chance to admire the water parade and support the teams during the boat races!

Regata Storica Venezia

Regata Storica Venezia

Jujube Festival

One of the typical fruit of Cavallino-Treporti, the jujube, will be celebrated on September 16 in Lio Piccolo starting from 09:00.

giuggiola di Cavallino

La giuggiola di Cavallino

Tintoretto paintings at Doge’s Palace and Accademia Gallery

From September 7 to January 6, the Doge’s Apartment will host around seventy paintings by Tintoretto, one of the most important painters of the XVI century, who has decorated many palaces and churches of the city with its extraordinary expressive talent. Also the Accademia Gallery will celebrate Tintoretto with paintings dating back to the painter’s youth.

Jesolo Air show

The most awaited aeronautical event of the year, that attracts more than half a million spectators on the beach of Jesolo, will take place on Sunday 9. Get a place on the beach in front of Brescia Square and admire the Italian Air Force and other air force aircrafts for a 3 hours performance, that will leave you breathless.

Frecce Tricolori Jesolo

We wait for you all to enjoy an amazing September full of great events!

Numbers of Venice

Many guests during their holidays in Ca’Savio ask us about Venice. The most part of them wants to know more about the city and its numbers. How big is the city? How many bridges and islands are there? How are the roads called in Venice? And we could go on and on… So, if you are curious to know our answers, read on our blog!

Venice covers an area of about 400 km² and it is built on 120 islands connected by 391 bridges.

Only 4 bridges cross the Grand Canal (the biggest canal in Venice):

  • Scalzi Bridge (located close to Santa Lucia railway station)
  • Accademia Bridge (the wooden bridge that links the sestiere of Dorsoduro and San Marco)
  • Rialto Bridge (the most popular bridge in Venice)
  • Costituzione Bridge (designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2007).
ponte di rialto - venezia

Ponte di Rialto

Until 1933 Venice was connected to the mainland only by a railway bridge built in 1846 under the Austrian domination. Today Ponte della Libertà (Freedom bridge) give us the possibility to reach the city also by car or bicycle.

Ponte della Libertà Venezia

Ponte della Libertà

Among the many bridges of Venice, there are some notable because their peculiar name or feature:

  • Ponte delle Tette (Tits bridge), located in the former red light district between the district of San Polo and Santa Croce, it is so called because prostitutes used to attract customers by appearing there in topless
  • Ponte dei Pugni (Punches), where once violent challenges were held. The bridge is located in the district of Dorsoduro
  • Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) connects the Doge’s Palace with the Prisons. Its name alludes to the sighs of the convicts who could see Venice for the last time through its windows
  • In Cannaregio you can see three peculiar bridges: the only one with spires (Ponte delle Guglie), the only one left with three arches (Ponte dei Tre Archi) and Ponte del Chiodo (Nail) famous because it has no parapet.

In Venice there are about 400 canals, but their name is “rii”. The true canals (navigable by a big boat) are only 3:

  • Grand Canal
  • Cannaregio Canal
  • Giudecca Canal.
Canale della Giudecca Venezia

Canale della Giudecca

Venice is divided into 6 different sestieri. They are: San Marco, San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and Castello. The house numbering is unique for each sestiere and numbers don’t stop at the end of a street, but they continue throughout the entire sestiere. That’s why you see houses with giant numbers!

Sestrieri di Venezia - map

Walking around the city you will find many squares of different sizes. Actually there is only one square in Venice, Piazza San Marco, the rest of them are called “campi” (small squares that once were fields), “campielli” (very tiny squares) and “corti” (small squares located inside a residential complex). Here some numbers:

  • 135 campi (the biggest are Campo Santa Margherita, Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Campo San Polo)
  • 196 campielli
  • 380 corti.
Campo dei Gesuiti

Campo dei Gesuiti

And what about the strange names of Venetian streets? Here the streets are dedicated to churches, famous people or artisan guild of the area, but they are not called street, because there is just only one street in Venice, called Strada Nuova, located in Cannaregio district. Here streets are called “calli” (narrow and log streets), “rami” (smaller streets connceting bigger streets), “rio terà” (buried canals), “salizade” (the first paved streets), “rughe” (streets lined with shops) and “liste” (streets where white stones in the pavement marked the limit of the diplomatic immunity in front of an ambassador palace. The most famous is Lista di Spagna). In Venice there are:

  • 3000 calli
  • 367 rami
  • 53 rio terà
  • 42 salizade
  • 10 rughe.
Calle dei Boteri - Venezia

Calle dei Boteri – Venezia

Now you know more about Venice numbers. Ready to leave and discover all of them?