Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo / by Francesco Gallarotti

Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: Campo San Pantalon - Sestiere Dorsoduro - Venezia

Walking north from Campo San Pantalon, we reached Sestiere San Polo, the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice. This is one of the oldest parts of the city, having been settled before the ninth century. Setting aside a few hours of our day in Venice to practice to art of Zen walking, turning left when we felt like it and avoiding at all costs the major calle and campi, was an amazing feeling. The pictures in this page are my attempt to capture this experience.

Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: Rio Tera Secondo - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Campo dei Frari - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Ponte delle Tette - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: Campiello Albrizzi - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Campiello Albrizzi - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Sotoportego Tamossi - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Sotoportego Tamossi - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia

While wandering around, at some point we reached Ponte Storto, near Sotoportego Tamossi. As soon as we arrived, from the other side of the bridge a group of gorgeous venetian masks were arriving, followed by a group of photographers. Some of the masks (or all?) belonged to the Venexiana Equipe. They were so nice to pose for a few pictures with us.

Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: Venexiana Equipe - Ponte Storto - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia

After this lucky meeting, we headed towards the Grand Canal, looking for Cantina do Mori, one of the oldest restaurant in Venice. Frommer's review says "Since 1462, this has been the local watering hole of choice in the market area."

Getting Lost in Venice: Rio Tera de le Carampane - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: A Walk in Sestiere San Polo
Getting Lost in Venice: Campo de la Pescaria - Sestiere San Polo - Venezia