5 less crowded alternatives to 'Strada Nova' in Venice

Strada Nova is one of the most important streets in Venice, which is why it can get very crowded and packed with tourists. Here are some alternatives to beat the crowds and discover the beauty of Venice. 

1) Fondamenta dei Mori

This fondamenta, which runs parallel to Strada Nova, is an excellent idea for a walk without all the tourist chaos. In Campo dei Mori there’s a good tavern, and a statue of Signor Rioba. Walk on and you’ll run into Tintoretto’s house, which is marked by a plaque.

Boats at the  Fondamenta dei Moi in Venice

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2) Campiello della Scuola

If you need to get from Rialto to the train station, a good alternative to Strada Nova is to walk down the narrow streets of San Polo. Pass through Campiello della Scuola, and you’ll see the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista on one side and a church of the same name on the other.

entrance to the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista

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3) Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio

Another idea to get from Rialto to the train station is to follow the Canal Grande. Walking through the Ruga degli Oresi, for example, you’ll come across a series of pretty shops. Then head to Campo San Cassiano, where you can visit the church, and finally cross Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, which is still an authentically Venetian neighbourhood.

Chiesa di San Giacomo in Venice

San Polo 3, Venice

4) Campo dei Frari

There are plenty of excellent opportunities to discover the beauty of Venice as you stroll through the heart of San Polo. Walk up Ramo Cimesin and follow Campo dei Frari, to see three highlights of Venice’s artistic heritage in rapid succession. They are the Church and Scuola Grande (confraternity) of San Rocco and the Basilica dei Frari. What’s more, you can also take a gondola across the Canal Grande in this neighbourhood.

the Campo dei Frari and building in Venice

San Polo 3

5) Fondamenta Santa Caterina

The northeast side of ​​Cannaregio also has some interesting gems in store for you, and is almost always deserted. For instance, by walking down Fondamenta Santa Caterina, you will run into the church of the same name, and then Palazzo Zeno. Moving on to the right, on Campo dei Gesuiti, the Crociferi cloister is an excellent excuse to stop for a break and a spritz.

Fondamenta Santa Caterina in Venice

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