Living in Venice

Is living and working in Venice the right choice?

According to some, it is pure madness, given that the city continues to empty at a constant rate since the Unification of Italy and does not seem to have an attractive force as other localities in Northern Italy such as Milan.

The reasons for fleeing, at least listening to those who decided to leave the center of this magnificent city, are to be found in conditions of very low livability, with difficulty in travel, star prices, widespread unemployment (unless you live in the world of tourism and catering).

For many, however, the charm of Venice is stronger than all the negative opinions that we have listed above and living in those parts, if not in the historical center of the city, is a real dream.

Venice seduces, hits, spreads and in many poets have described it as a dangerous woman, of those who can bewitch us for life or let us run away with legs, but not without having stolen our hearts first.

Let’s see together what it means to live and work in Venice.


First of all, living and working in Venice has a charm of its own that can be found only by living it, entering the small streets and peering and discovering often hidden corners that sooner or later take you to a canal.

Those who think of Venice can not help but think of the problem of high water, but often magnified by the media and certainly less serious, at least once you get used to it. The canals are a bit ‘the distinctive feature of Venice but are also a source of problems in the city: often at low tide the smell is not the best and you will need to make the use of rubber boots, necessary when there instead it will be high water. It can happen at any time of the year, even in August, but those who got used to it no longer see it as this big problem.

Although it is not extraordinarily large, Venice is composed of 6 districts called in fact sestieri, each with its peculiarities, its prices, its comfort

The urban subdivision in sestieri dates back to the origins of Venice; among other things in the city the civic numbering is unique for each district, with some exceptions for larger areas included in islands not connected by bridges, and reaches four-digit numbers (Castello reaches almost 7000).

This particular numbering system, combined with the natural complexity of the viability of Venice, sometimes leads to two very different civic numbers at a short distance from one another.
The traditional names of the sestieri of Venice

San Marco: is the center of the center, the most elegant and expensive area of ​​the city. Prices are stellar and we will hardly have the chance to live in this area of ​​the city. It is particularly inconvenient for those who work, since it is constantly crowded with tourists and, at the same time, you should also avoid a simple coffee if you do not want to be plucked.

Cannaregio: so named because it developed in a marshy area where reeds were frequent. It is the most populous district, it occupies almost the whole part of the city that is located north of the Grand Canal. It is the district best connected to the islands and is also very close to the train station. It is a district that had been historically popular and that in recent decades has undergone important redevelopment works. Here the prices are more accessible and it is where you will find the bulk of the students, given that the Ca ‘Foscari University of Economics is located here.

Castello: it has taken its name from a now disappeared fortress around which the area has developed and is the most eastern part of the city, very quiet and residential, with prices but not exactly accessible. It is perhaps the most Venetian neighborhood in the center and deserves a visit.

Dorsoduro: probably its name recalls the compact sand dunes of this area is the southern part of the lagoon, with popular and relatively new buildings.

Santa Croce takes its name from the demolished church of Santa Croce and also includes Piazzale Roma, the Tronchetto and the Maritime Station

Campo San Paolo is the geographical center of the city, which includes Rialto. It is an extremely lively district and also the neighborhood that livens up the carnival more vividly

These subdivisions do not exhaust the historical area constituting the city of Venice. The Giudecca islands are part of Dorsoduro, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore di San Marco and the island of San Michele, home of the city cemetery, of Castello.

We speak of sestieri also in the islands of Burano and Pellestrina, although they have respectively five and four neighborhoods.

So concluding what we can say. We can simply say that judging Venice and the possibilities offered by the meter that we would apply to other cities is a completely useless exercise. Venice is a truly unique city for lifestyle, possibility offers and inconvenience. There are those who can find in the city the squaring of his very personal circle and those who flee like hell. Surely this is an extraordinary choice, in the original sense of the term, which is valid outside the ordinary.

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