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Shrine, Corte Tintoretto

ABOVE: Wall shrine in the Corte Tintoretto.

A suggested walking tour

From the Madonna dell'Orto church, cross the bridge and walk straight ahead to the Campo dei Mori, which is named after the statues of three Moors on the building walls. Turn left. Several doors down, you'll encounter the Casa di Tintoretto (SEE PHOTO), where the painter lived and had his workshop until his death in 1594. The house is now divided into apartments, and a graphics workshop for visiting artists--the Bottega di Tintoretto--is on the ground floor of the building.

Continue a few doors along the fondamenta until you're forced to jog inland. Keep walking; you'll soon reach an angled wooden bridge that leads to the Fondamenta d'Abbazia and then the Campo d'Abbazia (SEE PHOTO), just beyond the arcaded passage.

Turn right at the Campo, cross the bridge, and head south to the Fondamenta della Misericordia. At this point you have two options:

1) Turn right and follow the Fondamenta della Misericordia into the heart of the Cannaregio residential district. This is a family-oriented neighborhood of ancient houses and small shops with a handful of bars and restaurants. If you continue strolling along the canal, you'll find yourself on the Fondamenta degli Ormesini. Turn left and cross the first bridge after (not at!) the Calle del Magazen to reach the Campo Ghetto Nuovo, Europe's oldest Jewish quarter.


2) Turn left and cross the bridge over the the Canale della Misericordia (SEE PHOTO). Then turn right, pass a small private bridge (SEE PHOTO), and continue south along the canal until you reach the Strada Nova, one of Venice's liveliest and most pleasant shopping streets. The Grand Canal is just a block from here, and you can catch the No. 1 vaporetto to the railway station or the Piazza San Marco at the Ca' d'Oro stop.

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