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The sestiere of Cannaregio, the most densely populated district of Venice, is located north-west of the city and is traversed by long, parallel canals.

In all probability its name derives from a mispronunciation of the term 'Cannarecium', a marshy place where a large number of reeds grew. Other hypotheses derive the name from 'Canal Regio', that large canal (now 'Canale di Cannaregio') that joins the lagoon to the Grand Canal, crossing the entire sestiere.

At one time, before the construction of the railway bridge over the lagoon, this canal was the 'main gate' for the t

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