Despite Venice’s otherworldly atmosphere, Santa Croce feels sublimely real. With waterways for roads, stone bridges and seraphic gondolas, and elegantly deteriorating exteriors, this neighbourhood boasts all the best attributes of Venice yet features something else altogether—a distinctly local feel. In Santa Croce, the plainness of its laundromats, the conventionality of its cafes, and the scrawl of graffiti provide a welcome departure from the museum-like facades of the rest of the central islands.See places to stay Save this neighbourhood
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Luca Girardini is a freelance photographer based in Venice, Italy. He turned to photography after studying architecture at university and specialises in architectural and interior design photography. His personal work explores the contemporary landscape. Luca photographed Venice for Airbnb and set out to capture the real Venice he knows rather than its tourist persona.