Strada Nova: for Rialto go straight

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In Venice there are no streets, like there are no vias, and no piazzas. Well actually, the city on water doesn’t let contradiction stop it, with each rule there is one exception. The lagoon has by exception one piazza (San Marco), one Via (Garibaldi) and one street, Strada Nova.


Strada Nova is one of the most important streets in the city that connects the Port of Venice (P.le Roma and Train Station) to the heart of Venice. It seems as though it’s been there in its length for ages but in fact the street’s design is only a couple hundred years old. Its purpose? The same that makes it today so functional: to facilitate access to the northern part of the island all the way to the Rialto bridge and eventually San Marco.


Technically, Strada Nova stretches from Santa Sofia until Santi Apostoli, but even Venetians call the whole length of the street Strada Nova (including the Lista di Spagna that starts from the Scalzi Bridge).  You can let yourself be transported by the pedestrian flow, in the morning with direction towards Rialto or by night as it flows the opposite way.  Or you could simply take advantage of the lateral alleyways where you can discover all the marvels of the Cannaregio quarter.


If you are keen observer, you can also discover the numerous- and unfamiliar accesses to the Grand Canal while taking advantage of some of the original and fantastic short cuts that lead you to Canalasso (The Grand Canal) for example the fondamenta behind the San Geremia Chruch or the luxurious Venice Casinò in the Palazzo Ca’ Vendremin Calergi. Try the brief ride that crosses the Grand Canal in a gondola from Santa Sofia to the Rialto Marketplace.


As soon as you surpass the Guglie Bridge, you can find the characteristic fruit market of San Leonardo, with plentiful fresh fruit and vegetables. Along the entire street are shops, bars, osterie and restaurants.  For the latter two we suggest to stray from the main path and uncover the traditional choices nearby like L’Anice Stellato in S. Alvise or Al Catinon alla Maddalena.

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