San Polo is one of the most historical districts of Venice. It is, at the same time, the smallest of all, filling a surface of no more than 35 hectares. This is where the Rialto area is located, famed for its market (the largest and, allegedly, the most authentically Venetian market in the lagoon), for its palaces and generally deemed the banking “district” of Venice (though, clearly, it does not represent a distinct district of the city).

The Rialto Bridge is the one which makes the connection between San Polo and San Marco. Searching out San Polo can be a rewarding tourist experience. The sestiere, despite its size, has quite a few surprises, at least in terms of sightseeing.

Museums in San Polo: Carlo Goldoni House

Places of worship in San Polo: Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Church of San Rocco

Monuments in San Polo: Rialto Bridge, Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Palaces in San Polo: Palazzo Tiepolo, Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

Squares in San Polo: Campo San Polo

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