The largest “sestiere”
Laguna 724 B&b is located in the most historical and large of Venice’s six districts.
How many and what these famous Venetian Districts are?
You only have to count the teeth of the irondecoration you can see on the stern of one of Venice’s symbols: the Gondola.
They are precisely six. The rear tooth represents the Island of Giudecca, the S shape is reminiscent of the Grand Canal and the small arch over the last tooth Rialto Bridge. The upper part is San Marco basin, but also the Doge’s Horn.
The largest district in Venice: Castello
Castello is the largest district in Venice.
It extends as a peninsula in the east part of the city.
Its name derives from a medieval fort located on the island of San Pietro. It is the Arsenal district, the imposing complex of shipyards now home to the Italian Navy, where the Serenissima Republic built its vessels between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
It ‘also the district of the Venice Biennale, with Espositive offices and Biennale Gardens, but also the district of Riva degli Schiavoni, and Riva dei Sette Martiri, both overlooking the Grand Canal.
What are they?
The six districts of Venice are the historical quarters in which the city is divided: Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Marco, San Polo and Santa Croce. They are so called since the Serenissima historical period, when they were administrative districts each of which represented by a ducal councilor in the City Council.
Each district has its own story: people from each one of them worked hard to reclaim the surround land, managing to hew out of the swamp square meters in which to build houses, palaces and churches.
Among the places of interest of Castello district there are the Church of San Zaccaria (ninth century) with masterpieces painted by Giovanni Bellini and the nearby Church of San Francesco della Vigna, one of the most beautiful Renaissance churches of Venice. Over Fondamenta dei Mendicanti (the Beggar Foundations) youfind the Church of SS. John and Paul began in the early decades of 1200 and finished a couple of centuries after. It ‘a religious architecture in Gothic style on whose sides are located the Ospedaletto, a small medical shelter for elderly and infirm, and the big Civic Hospital of Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
Walking along the Fondamenta Nuove you reach the Arsenal andthe Naval Museum of Venice, the most important of its kind in Italy. Inside you can admire historical ship models like the Bucintoro and the boats of the Italian Navy.
Walking along the Arsenal Foundations you go back to the Grand Canal, at the point where Riva degli Schiavoni becomes Riva dei Sette Martiri. From here you reach the Biennale Gardens, home to the pavilions and facilities of one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. It is the Biennale who organize the Film Festival in Venice. Continuing towards the city center you cross the Pietà Church (fifteenth century) one of the elegant buildings constructed during 1500 with frescoes painted by Gian Battista Tiepolo.
Not to be missed
You will find the Island of St. Elena in the southern area of Castello District, a very green area, rich in tree-lined streets that open onto the large Park of Remembrance.
You will be surrounded by tranquillity, enjoying a siesta in the shade of trees or comfortably sitted at a table in one of the bar along the Fondamenta Sant’Elena.
Moreover, Castello District is famous for the several craft workshop who make Venetian masks that you can purchase along Via Garibaldi, the main shopping street of this district.