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Santa Croce

A canal in Santa Croce

A canal in Santa Croce, Venice

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This is the smallest sestiere of Venice and it takes its name from the church of the same name which unfortunately was demolished under Napoleon's rule.
In 1933 the Ponte della Libertà (Bridge of Liberty) was built by Benito Mussolini to connect Venice – in particular Santa Croce – to the mainland through train and road transport. This led to the construction of the Stazione Marittima, which is a station for ferry-boats, hydrofoils and cruises; Piazzale Roma, an important bus and taxi terminal; and the artificial island of Tronchetto, which acts as a car park where vehicles can be left when arriving in Venice, although the limited space available means high prices and long queues. Visitors are therefore advised to leave their cars on the mainland – in Mestre or Marghera – and then reach Venice by bus or train.
All this new infrastructure brought great changes to the sestiere of Santa Croce, which is actually the only area where vehicle circulation is partially allowed.
Most of the points of interest in this sestiere are located on the Grand Canal. Just to name a few, there are the baroque palace of Ca' Pesaro, now the seat of the International Gallery of Modern Art, and Fontego dei Turchi, which is home to the Natural History Museum.

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