Venice’s largest ‘sestiere’ lying to the east of San Marco and Cannaregio and stretching all the way over to the Arsenale, Giardini, the Biennale pavilions and beyond. Stepping away from the buzz and energy of the St. Mark’s Square district, Castello gradually transforms into a charming neighbourhood of sleepy campos, laundry gently flapping in the breeze and local businesses catering to a peaceful and very Venetian way of life lived out amongst its quiet backwaters.
Museo Storico Navale di Venezia (Naval Museum)
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (with its paintings by Carpaccio)
Museo di Dipinti Sacri Byzanti (Collection of Byzantine Icons)
The Church of ‘La Pieta’ (Vivaldi’s Church)
The Biennale Pavilions
‘La Donna Partigiana’ on the Riva Dei Partigiana at Giardini – a memorial to all the women killed fighting in WW2, a bronze statue of a woman lying beneath the waters of the Bacino, only emerging at the water’s edge at low tide.
The Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo (also known as ‘Zanipolo’)
The Scuola Grande di San Marco (Museum of History and Medicine)