WHAT CAN YOU VISIT IN DORSODURO DISTRICT? LET’S DISCOVER ONE OF MY FAVOURITE VENETIAN AREA
Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, and for sure one of my favourite. The place where I used to play when visiting both of my grandparents. as well as the area where I made my studies, from high school to university.
I like to separate on my list the artistic/cultural sites, such as museums and churches from charming outer places:
WHICH ARE MY TOP DORSODURO’S MUSEUMS AND CHURCHES?
This is an easy and nice list knowing that most of the places are far from the crowd as they are located on the opposite side of the Grand Canal in front of the St. Mark’s area, where the big concentration of tourists usually goes. So very often these venues are quiet and empty, a perfect way to enjoy a visit even during the busy season:
WHICH ARE MY TOP DORSODURO’S CHARMING OUTER PLACES?
The Dorsoduro district provide the possibility to enjoy beautiful view points and unique areas where you can taste the real venetian life:
WHAT ABOUT THE BASILICA DELLA SALUTE?
Entitled to St. Mary of Health, built in the 17th century in Baroque style. A most recent of the so called Plague-Churches. Inside are important paintings and sculpture belonging to Titian, Luca Giordano, Josse de Corte.
WHAT ABOUT THE PEGGY GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM?
The former house of the art collector Peggy Guggenheim, which display modern arts, such as Picasso, Max Ernst, Magritte, Kandinsky, Chagall, Pollock.
WHAT ABOUT THE CA’ REZZONICO MUSEUM?
The Palazzo Rezzonico is a museum dedicated to the 18th century venetian art. Displaying paintings (such as Tiepolo, Canaletto, Pietro Longhi) furnitures, chandeliers, internal decorations.
WHAT ABOUT THE ACCADEMIA’S MUSEUM?
The most important museum about venetian painting art in the world. Displaying Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Canaletto, Tiepolo and many others…
WHAT ABOUT PUNTA DELLA DOGANA?
It’s a triangular spike piece of land where the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal meets, the ancient custom point. And nowadays simply the best viewpoint in Venice to enjoy the St. Mark buildings from far away and the water basin in front.
WHAT ABOUT ZATTERE WALKWAY?
It’s a long walkway which provide nice promenade experience especially during the sunset (see our previous Sunset in Venice the Best Places to see it). It has several possibility to sit and enjoy a slow pace visit of Venice.
WHAT ABOUT THE ST. TROVASOS’S SQUERO
The most scenographic boatyard (squero) in Venice. They still build and repair gondolas and other traditional boats. Parts of the buildings are wooden made, looking like alpine architectures, they belong to the original first boatyard family of axe masters coming from the mountains four centuries ago.
WHAT ABOUT THE ST. MARGARETH’S SQUARE
St Margareth’s square locally known as Campo Santa Margherita is simply one of the squares in Venice with most authentic venetian life. Where you can still find children playing and where you can enjoy a typical finger food (cicheto) or aperitif (spriz or prosecco). You can enjoy these specialties by taking part to our Taverns, Wine and Finger Food Tour.
HOW TO VISIT DORSODURO DISTRICT?
Upon previous agreements we can focus our Off the Beaten Path Walk over this district, and visit all the above venues.
WHAT ELSE IN DORSODURO?
In the Dorsoduro district you can found many other places which are still nice for a visit, such as churches:
Gesuati, St Sebastian, San Niccolò dei Mendicoli, St. Trovaso (the church), St. Raphael Archangel, Carmini.
Or museum: Scuola Grande dei Carmini, Pinault’s Foundation, Cini’s Foundation, Vedova’s Foundation.