A Meander Around The Castello, Venice

Castello Quarter of VeniceWalking East away from the crowds of St Mark’s square and the glittering palaces of the Grand Canal you reach the Castello Quarter or sestiere, a quieter area, with few tourists and where every day life is lived by the Venetians.

Typical courtyard at the edge of the canal, Castello Quarter of Venice

Typical courtyard at the edge of the canal.

A canal in the Castello, with smaller unpretentious houses. Castello Quarter of Venice-2

A canal in the Castello, with smaller unpretentious houses.

Boats, rather than cars lined up outside people's homes, Castello Quarter of Venice-3

Boats, rather than cars lined up outside people’s homes.

Washing drying flapping in the streets above pedestrians' heads.  Castello Quarter, Venice

Washing drying flapping in the streets above pedestrians’ heads.

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A floating greengrocer’s on the canal.

Weather beaten, typically green shutters. Italian Castello Quarter of Venice

Weather beaten, typically green shutters.

St Mark's, The Doge's Palace and the entrance to the Grand Canal, Castello Quarter of Venice

A different view of St Mark’s, The Doge’s Palace and the entrance to the Grand Canal

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The entrance to the Arsenal, a huge area of shipyards and armouries, and the largest industrial complex in Europe prior to the Industrial Revolution.

The square by the entrance to the Arsenal.  Castello Quarter of Venice

The square by the entrance to the Arsenal.

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Imposting gateway to the Arsenal

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Smaller, more modest houses in the Castello

Window boxes of fresh herbs - thyme, chives and sage Castello Quarter of Venice

Window boxes of fresh herbs – thyme, chives and sage

Wood turner Castello Quarter of Venice-19

An old man in his open air street workshop,keeping woodwork traditions alive, but lamenting the fact that these days the younger generation have little interest in learning these skills

Calle del forno Castello Quarter of Venice-20

The “Oven” Road – is there a baker near to here?

Flying the red flag Castello Quarter of Venice

Flying the red flag in this sleepy Venetian quarter

Narrow Streets Castello Quarter of Venice

Street so narrow you can reach out and shake your neighbour’s hand when hanging out your laundry


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Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

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Comments

  1. Wow Helen, such lovely photos!

  2. Helen, The Castello in Venice looks like such an amazing spot. I am almost there with you in the pics. I am a sucker for markets, canals and statues. Next time you go I am going with you.

  3. Lovely! Did you eat in this area Helen? What was there?

  4. Oh I have to go one day. Beautiful photos Helen. I almost feel I am there.

  5. Thank you so much for this little virtual tour! It looks like such an amazing surreal city. I hope you had a lovely time and that you enjoyed all the amazing food you must have had there!!!

  6. Adore Venice – beautifully sunny shots of a magical city.

  7. Gorgeous photos Helen, I am most envious!

  8. Oh you make me long for Venice…. Gorgeous shots and I love the floating greengrocer!

  9. Fantastic post! I’m heading to Venice for the first time at the start of July. Haven’t been thinking about it much as also need to get prepared for a big building project and new kitchen, but this has got me excited and enthused. Thanks !

  10. Helen these shots are magical!

  11. Exquisite pics Helen – I long to go there.

  12. Gorgeous images Helen. Sounds like a lovely trip

  13. Wow helen, that’s just taken me on a magical journey away from my desk on a lethargic friday afternoon! Wonderful photography of a beautiful city… I especially love the floating green grocers!

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