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Review of Santa Croce

Santa Croce
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is the most popular area to enter Venice, and it shows when you first arrive. The edge of this district is littered with parking areas, bus & water bus terminals. Walk a little further into the city though and this area still holds a lot of manmade beauty. It still has the Venice feel as soon as the parking areas are out of view.

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

Santa Croce is one of 6 distinct areas of historic Venice. This area has a dual personality. It is the entryway to Venice and as such is home to Piazzale Roma (bus station, parking garages and people movers) along with one terminus of the Vaporettos. It also houses the cruise ship terminal and the Stazione Santa Lucia (train station) is across the Grand Canal.
Once outside of the major transportation hub, there are numerous churches, hotels and restaurants to explore.

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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Good place to walk around... Small bridge with beautiful view... Good in the evening... Good for taking pictures.... Close to central

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

One of the six districts in Venice's historic center, Santa Croce brings me back on every visit to the city. We always choose lodging here in the center's western corner because of its quiet charm. An absence of the sights considered by many to be "must sees" keeps the tourists down, ensuring that Santa Croce's narrow streets and small stone bridges over tiny canals remain uncrowded. Much of the small district is a series of neighborhoods with residents going about their business and shops catering mostly to them rather than the city's huge influx of visitors. Its Piazzale Roma, however, provides a sharp contrast because of the busy bus terminal and car parks there.

Though much of Santa Croce harbors a stillness, especially at night, I consider it to be an easy walk to where the action is, such as the lively Rialto markets and St. Mark's Square. And it is just over the Scalzi Bridge from the Santa Lucia railway station, making the district a good place to stay for those arriving with luggage, who aren't interested in water transport and don't want to lug bags a long way.

Attractions in Santa Croce do exist, though they may not be in the top tier of places to visit in Venice. For example, I really like lovely San Stae next to the vaporetto stop of the same name on the Grand Canal. And nearby Ca' Pesaro, a magnificent Baroque palace, holds museums devoted separately to modern (19th and 20th centuries) and oriental art. The cafe here on the ground floor has a terrace with tables right by the Grand Canal. On my December 2016 visit, I sat there long after finishing my excellent cappuccino to continue watching the activity on the canal. Perhaps my favorite place, however, is the delightful square of Campo San Giacomo dell' Oro. In nice weather, this is a perfect place to sit on a bench with a pastry from Majer, a nearby bakery.

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Reviewed 11 November 2016

I have been to Venice many times but had never previously stayed in this area. For various reasons, we chose a hotel in this interesting part of Venice. Within easy reach of Piazzale Roma, the train station and the waterbus stops, I found Santa Croce to be far more attractive than I imagined. There are several pretty little churches in the vicinity and many really good restaurants and many other attractions are within walking distance.

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