Central Venice is divided into six sestieri, or administrative districts, three on each side of the Grand Canal. On the northern side is Cannaregio, to the east Castello and in the centre the San
Marco sestiere, boasting the beautiful Piazza San Marco. Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro are on the southern side of the bank. San Giorgio Maggiore, Giudecca and Lido are separate islands, as
are Torcello, Murano (where glass is produced), and Burano (where lace is historically made). There are over 100 islands in the lagoon, with an ever declining population of 60,000.
Venice is a city full of artistic and historical sites, but also of cultural initiatives and activities that a tourist may not be able to find. Herebelow you will find a list of suggested
websites to help you to enjoy your stay here:
Visit Venice Escapes website for an in-depth guide through history of Venice.
Venezia.net is an excellent, constantly up-dated guide to what's on
in Venice, detailed maps of the city, plus all the usual tourist information.