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What you should know about Santa Croce

In the northwest of Venice, where the city meets mainland Italy, is the neighborhood of Santa Croce. Home to the Venice’s main bus and train stations, it is not a very busy district, and Santa Croce is a handy base for families and travelers on a small budget. The area also offers a number of superb attractions, including the Natural History Museum and the International Gallery of Modern Art; and best of all, Santa Croce feels local, which is quite an achievement in a city of tourists.

Hotels in Santa Croce


Travel in Santa Croce is made affordable by the presence of a wide selection of hotels catering to all types of travelers. There are cheap Santa Croce hotels for families and those on a budget, as well as top-of the-range hotels for visitors looking to be pampered. Among the luxury hotels in Santa Croce is the Hotel Carlton. Sitting on the banks of the Grand Canal, this hotel is classically decorated and includes a useful business center. Meanwhile, the 5-star Westin Europa & Regina Hotel is well-located and offers excellent views from its rooftop terrace.

Things to see


Santa Croce is not short of things to see and do. The Museo di storia naturale (the Museum of Natural History), is a top priority for visitors to Santa Croce. In addition to the awe-inspiring exhibits showing visitors just how amazing the natural world is, the museum is housed in a photogenic 13th-century palazzo that will inspire visitors as much as the massive dinosaur exhibits. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, visit the International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice in Santa Croce’s Ca’ Pesaro which contains some magnificent pieces, including paintings, drawings, and photographs from artists from around the world. Much like the Natural History Museum, the building hosting these fine exhibitions is also impressive. Finally, no visit to Santa Croce would be complete without a visit to the church of San Nicola da Tolentino. Built over a period of more than 150 years, the ceiling of this church was painted by Mattia Bortoloni.

Good for families and budget travelers


With the Natural History Museum sure to please the kids, and lots of beautiful architecture and artwork for the grown-ups, Santa Croce is definitely a place for the whole family to visit. The area is also very quiet so young ones can easily sleep. Located just a little off the tourist trail, Santa Croce hotel rates are more afforable for families and indeed all travelers, who are on a tight budget. And, as Santa Croce is just off the beaten track, the neighborhood has a very local feel to it.

How to get to Santa Croce


Traveling to Venice is simple: from North America, layover at one of various hub airports in Europe before flying to Venice. From the airport, water buses go straight to Santa Croce. There are good train links from other parts of Italy, and national highways provide an easy drive from Verona, Milan or Bologna, and Santa Croce is as far as you can drive into Venice; private cars are not permitted beyond here. The city’s train and bus stations and the ferry hub are located in Santa Croce and, from there, your Santa Croce hotel is easily reached on foot.

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