Venice is one of the most visited cities in the world, and there are quite a few things to see while there. Besides the historic remnants of Empires, Veneto is also one of the wealthiest and most livable areas in Italy. Regardless if you want to spend a few days there, or plan on living there, you might be interested in seeing the richest areas of Venice. The historic city is small and you’ll be able to explore it all in a day or two, but knowing where to start is always useful:
Cannaregio is in the north of the city, right next to the Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, so it might be the first place in Venice you visit. Here you will find many beautiful buildings and bridges, like in the rest of the city, but also some of the few green spaces that Venice has to offer. The Ghetto is located here, which means that the area was once a more working and lower class part of the city, though the architecture seems amazing nowadays. Due to its proximity to the Grand Canal and the train station, Cannaregio is one of the busiest areas of Venice, often packed to the brim with tourists.
Dorsoduro is located in the southern part of the city and is another very popular area of Venice. Here you will find the Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute as well as some of the Universities of Venice. The fact that there are some schools, and even some small industry in the area means there are also normal, Venetia residents in Dorsoduro. While most of Venice is reserved for tourists, in the outer parts of this district you can actually encounter residents of Venice going about their own business. Besides that, there are countless bars, cafes, and restaurants that you might want to check out while here.
San Marco is the crown in the Venetian Jewell, and as you can likely expect, there are many things to see here. The Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Parrocchia di Santa Maria Formosa and the Scala Contarini del Bovolo are all located in this area, within walking distance of one another. The architecture is amazing and if you are a lover of art and history, this is a place where you can spend a lot of time. That being said, all of the amenities bring a lot of people to San Marco, and it’s crawling with tourists pretty much the entire time.