It occupies the north west part of the main islands, and can be divided into two areas: the eastern area being largely mediaeval, and the western - including the main port and the Tronchetto - mostly lying on land reclaimed in the 10th century.
The district includes the Piazzale Roma, home to Venice's bus station and car parks, and around which is the only area of the city in which cars can travel. The tourist attractions lie mostly in the eastern part of the quarter, and include the Church of San Nicolo da Tolentino, the Fondaco dei Turchi, the Church of San Giacomo dell'Orio, the Museum of the History of Fabric and Costume, the Patrician Palace and Ca'Corner della Regina.
The area was once part of the Luprio swamp, but has been steadily reclaimed. It is the area most affected by the opening of the lagoon road in April 1933.
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