Sestiere San Marco

Gondola stand in Bacino Orseolo

The sestiere of San Marco, west of Piazza San Marco to the Grand Canal, manages to be both the most pedestrian and the most glitzy quarter of Venice: local institutions such as Teatro La Fenice are here, among designer shops and swish hotels, but culture vultures will find meagre pickings – relatively, that is, since any city would give its eye-teeth for a few of its palazzi or works of art.

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