Far from the crowds of tourists the sestiere of Cannaregio is the northernmost district of Venice and one of the most popular residential areas for the Venetians. Lesser known but no less fascinating, it is full of quiet, secluded views overlooking the Lagoon, Gothic and Renaissance churches and a very lively city life.
Towards evening on the calli the bacàri open along the canals, small taverns where the Venetians meet for an aperitif or the classic cichéto. Many famous characters lived here, such as Tintoretto, whose ancient red house is still standing, Titian, and Marco Polo.
The Jewish quarter is also an interesting place to visit. The oldest in Europe, it houses several synagogues, some hidden in the upper floors of buildings. The most important monuments include the Church of Madonna dell'Orto an example of Gothic-Venetian architecture that contains paintings by Tintoretto.
Another church not to be missed is Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a Renaissance style building with a beautiful view of a small canal. Inside, it houses the famous painting of the Madonna dei Miracoli depicted on a flowery meadow with baby Jesus in her arms.
The Grand Canal on the other hand, is overlooked by Ca' d'Oro, a well-known Venetian palace which today is home to the Franchetti Gallery. Its characteristic facade with gold trim, which is now white and pink, is an excellent example of Venetian floral Gothic style.