The Cannaregio Canal is one of the main waterways in
Venice heading north towards the lagoon from the Grand Canal
and roughly splitting the Cannaregio district in two. The
Cannaregio district is situated in the north of Venice and
runs from the Railway station in the West to the Rialto Bridge
in the East.
Cannaregio is well known as the location
of the first recorded Jewish 'ghetto' - there are many
different explanations as to how the word ghetto came about
but the one that I feel has the most credence is that is is a
shortening of the Italian 'borghetto' which literally means
'little town'. These days the word has lost it's original
meaning and conjurers up images of deprivation or segregation,
which itself is of little surprise when you look at the
reintroduction of 'ghettos' throughout hundreds of town and
cities in Nazi Germany in WW2, with a more sinister purpose
than simply segregation.
Reaching the bridge where
this photo was taken is around a 10 minute stroll from the
railway station via Rio Tera Lista Di Spagna, one of the main
thoroughfares around Venice. For this reason you will find it
gets pretty busy with tourists wheeling their suitcases along
or browsing in the windows of the many shops lining this route
selling glass, shoes and a variety of souvenirs.
this route to the Rialto Bridge you will find dozens of small
bars, cafe's and restaurants lining the route, particularly
along the 'Strada Nuovo'. As with the aforementioned route it
can be quite busy, especially near the markets, so for this
reason you may want to check out the Cannaregio Canal itself
with riverside restaurants and bars and an altogether quieter
dining experience. One final location worthy of a mention is
the Suso Ice Cream shop down a little sidestreet and about 5
minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge - Delizioso!!!