La Giudecca, Venice

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Get away from the crowds and discover another side of Venice at La Giudecca, the city's largest island. Once an area of opulent palaces and gardens frequented by nobles, the island became largely industrial during the 20th century. Nowadays, many factories and shipyards have given way to luxury hotels and apartments. Still, its palpable working-class vibe makes up much of the island's appeal, drawing visitors with its more laid-back, community atmosphere. Explore the small alleys, artist's studios, and local shops, then grab a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants--which are much more affordable than those on the mainland. Access the island by vaporetto. For La Giudecca and beyond, use our Venice trip planner to get the most from your Venice vacation.
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  • If you are on a cruise and you are lucky enough to cross it on a cruise I think it's really top notch
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  • Easily reached by Vaporetto. Island location with quiet streets. A very beautiful view of Venice.
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  • The Giudecca is one of the many islands of Venice, located across the grand canal. It has the advantage of being much less crowded than the Center. You just discover some lovely buildings and churches. A feeling of being in a real city with real inhabitants.
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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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