A walk through Venice neighborhoods
If the shape of Venice is that of a fish, the district of Castello is the tail. A vigorous tail that has sustained and kept in balance for centuries the mighty Republic of Venice. This district was the maritime heart of the city and the entire area reflects this function.
The Arsenale, the ancient State shipyards where the trade and war galleys of Venice were built, armed and repaired. represents a huge portion of Castello. Here lived and worked over 2000 skilled workers, the so-called Arsenalotti, proud people loyal to the Government.
Our walk starts in Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo and continues through alleys and little squares to the convent church of San Francesco della Vigna. Then we head to the Arsenale and on to the area of San Pietro di Castello. This remote and quiet corner of Venice was formerly the residence of Venice’s Patriarch. We are in the easternmost area of Venice.
The walk ends near the waterbus station called ‘Giardini’.