11/11/2019

What to do in Santa Croce, Venice

As you’ll know if you read our recent post on the ‘Sestieri’, Santa Croce, Venice is one of the six districts that make up this unique city. If you arrive in Venice by bus, you’ll get off in the Santa Croce district at the city’s Piazzale Roma bus terminal. If you’re hoping to get a little off the beaten track and you’re looking for things to do in Santa Croce, keep reading for some of our top suggestions.

Churches in Santa Croce, Venice

The Santa Croce district gets its name from the Church and Monastery of Santa Croce, which was demolished in 1810. However, there are lots of other interesting churches to see in Santa Croce, starting with wonderful paintings in the Church of San Giacomo a L’Orio, which dates back to the 9th century and which you’ll find in a lively square of the same name. If you’re interested in churches, it’s also worth a visit to the churches of San Nicola da Tolentino and San Simeon Grando, both in Santa Croce.

Museums in Santa Croce, Venice

If you’re visiting Venice with the whole family, even the little ones are sure to enjoy the Museum of Natural History, housed in a medieval palazzo where you’ll find all sorts of remarkable things from the natural world, including dinosaur skeletons and other fossils.

If art is more your area of interest, be sure to pay a visit to Ca’pesaro, the International Gallery of Modern Art, full of major works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Head to Palazzo Mocenigo if you’re interested in the history of the city’s textiles, costumes and perfume. This fantastic palace gives you a flavour of what the 17th and 18th century noblemen of Venice would have worn, as well as showcasing an array of other accessories and furnishings that build a picture of Venetian life in days gone by.

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Still time left over on your Venice day trip? If you’ve already visited major attractions such as Basilica San Marco and the Rialto Bridge and you’re looking for some more itinerary ideas for different Venetian districts, check out our other posts on things to do in Cannaregio and what to see in Castello.

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