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Getaway to Venice: Dorsoduro and Santa Croce

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Ok, we had already enjoyed a day in Venice and visited the main tourist points. So, after resting, we really wanted to continue walking through the Serenísima and discover more secrets, but this time, and if possible, away from the crowds. Therefore, the plan of the second day was to deepen and reach the corners farthest from the center and less popular, to see what was there.

San Marcos Square from the vaporeto that crosses the Grand Canal

We were at the eastern end of Venice and we wanted to go to the other side of the city, to the neighborhoods of Santa Croce and Dorsoduro, to start near the train station that connects to the mainland, so we get on again to the vaporetto that runs along the Grand Canal. In this way, we enjoy the main artery of the capital of Veneto comfortably seated on the bow of the ship and we burst into shots with our cameras while a landscape brimming with Renaissance architecture passed before our eyes. It was a great feeling to see the center from the water aboard the public transport that Venetians use every day.

The Rialto Bridge

Unlike the previous day, this time we got off at the station Piazzale Roma, on the south bank of the Grand Canal. Walking to the east, we pass under the Ponte della Constituzione that leads to the St. Lucia train station and quickly turn down the Crosetti foundation to get away from the Grand Canal and into the west end of the Santa Croce neighborhood. We were walking through wide channels, following a guided route that we had found in a book about the city.

Then we went to explore in the east direction and we arrived at Campo di San Rocco, with the Scuola Grande and the church that bears the name of the saint. Then we went south and arrived at the Santa Marguerita camp. A field is a large square called that because they were used to cultivate in the past. After a long walk through narrow streets, it is strange to appear in such a wide square.

After noon, we keep wandering around the Dorsoduro neighborhood and crossing bridges until reaching the southern promenade. There we run into a protest from neighbors against the gigantic ocean liners that dock in Venice and sail ahead of St. Mark's Square.

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