San Polo

San Polo has two major sites, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, as well as some worthwhile but lesser-known churches. Food shops abound in the area surrounding the western end of the Rialto Bridge, which connects San Polo with San Marco. You can shop for fruits and vegetables, and buy fish along with the Venetians at the Rialto Market at the San Polo end of the bridge. Visitors to Venice tend to forget that the city is not only a tourist center; it is also a university town: the Università Ca’ Foscari is centered in San Polo and has more than 17,000 students. Its administrative center, Ca’ Foscari, is located in San Polo on the Grand Canal.

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Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

This scuola was founded in the 13th century, but the actual building is the work of various Venetian Renaissance architects…

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Campo San Polo

Only Piazza San Marco is larger than this square, and the echo of children's voices bouncing off the surrounding palaces…

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Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Completed in 1442, this immense Gothic church of russet-color brick—known locally as I Frari—is famous worldwide for its array of…

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