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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  • Is the largest of the islands of Venice and the closest to the town. It owes its name to the presence of a Jewish community, evidenced by the existence of two synagogues, now destroyed, and by the discovery, in the area near the Zitelle, a stone with inscriptions in Hebrew. Once the green area with orchards and gardens. Among the monuments worth visiting, I report the Palladian church of Spinsters. The name of the Church and the adjoining hospice refers to the function of the buildings, which was to house the poor girls of Venice, known as spinsters. Beautiful also the Redentore church built in the 16th century to celebrate the liberation of the city from a terrible plague. Is one of the greatest examples of Palladian religious architecture. The Interior is impressive, a Latin cross, houses some works by Jacopo Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese.
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  • Easy crossing by line 2 from the San Zaccaria stop. You especially through San Giorggio then come and discover the Giudecca docks and its three essential churches. Nice view of the San Marco basin and the Zattere
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  • as I wrote many times Venice doesn't end only at the Center but is made of various islands, pleasant with the ferries and passseggaiteci walk
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