Arsenale to Sant' Elena
One of the best strolls through Venice begins in the neighborhood of Arsenale and finishes on the Island of Sant' Elena. Walk along the main drag of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, a street full of shops and colourful local life, until it dead ends. Make a right on to Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi where a monument to the streets namesake stands. From here the streets become very quiet. Follow Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi to the end and turn left onto the Fondamenta San Giuseppe. This is a mostly residential area where you see laundry hanging from pastel painted houses and hear small fishing boats tapping against the sides of the canal. Make the first right off the Fondamenta and get lost in the twist of back streets here until you come upon the Via XXIV Maggio. From here, look for signs pointing to the Church of Sant'Elena, a beautiful 12th century monastery on the island.
By Rocky Casale, AFAR Local Expert
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