Dorsoduro

Dorsoduro, Venice: Address, Phone Number, Dorsoduro Reviews: 4.5/5

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This Venetian district is home to some of the city’s most renowned art collections, including Galleria dell’Accademia—which is packed with Venetian Renaissance works—and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which houses 20th century art in a gorgeous palazzo setting.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighbourhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighbourhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbours exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,993 contributions
Sep. 2021
This is probably one of the most sophisticated of the six Venetian sestieri. The area is between two major canals: the older Giudecca and the newer Grand canal. Originally Giudecca was more important and most of the older structures were built along its side (a hard ridge, not as low and soft as other parts of the city). Later on -mid 13th century- the Grand Canal became more significant.

For decades Dorsoduro has had an industry geared to wealthy visitors (tourists). You can find various unique shops here selling anything from antique furniture to carnivalesque attire and artistic glass objects. Prices are steep. Besides Ca' Foscari university, there are also some important art museums among them the Peggy Guggenheim and the Punta della Dogada in the former customs building.

Highly recommended to walk along the southern quays of Dorsoduro (Fondamenta Zattere Allo Spirito Santo) to the Punta della Dogana (Fondamenta Salute). Almost 2 km.
Written 25 October 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany835 contributions
Feb. 2020
This part of Venice is my favourite part of Venice. As it has not top touristic spot, this area is quiet and authentic. The area around Campo Santa Margarita is still populated by local people. Some parts are really silent like the area around San Raffaele church. This is the right part of the city, when you want to enjoy the real authentic Venice.
Written 31 January 2021
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Buss Brigitte
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland13 contributions
Oct. 2020
Guggenheim Musee was to busy and we could nt get a spot to sign in. HAs to be done next time!
We loved the walking in the arty aerea as well as in the more popular student scenerie. HAnging around in cafes on terrace, feeling not as an touriste , great moments!
Written 15 October 2020
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Lucas
Antwerp Province, Belgium22 contributions
Aug. 2020
It was nice to visit here. It is a world away from the main tourist part of Venice. Here you get to experience the read Venice.
Written 13 October 2020
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IanandFrances
Ipswich, UK50 contributions
Sep. 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed the area. Less Touristy.
Lots of restaurants, shops, bars etc.
Chicetti , local supermarkets, rust and veg boat and stalls.
Ice cream ..for us one of the best ice cram shops in Venice.
Written 4 October 2020
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,423 contributions
Jul. 2020
Charming, peaceful neighborhood of Venice. Some of its highlights recommended to visit are: Campo San Polo, Basilica dei Frari, Fondamenta Alberti (one of the very few places in Venice where you can still find a market where vegetables&fruits are displayed on boats docked on a canal) or Squero di San Trovaso (where you can visit an ancient gondola workshop - still in use today). Once in Fondamenta Zaterre do taste an icecream from Gelateria Nico est. in 1937 - you`ll not regret it! : )
Written 12 September 2020
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Marjolein A
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,375 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed this part. We were here at the end of the day with temperature dropping, soft light and only a small amount of tourists left. Recommendable
Written 10 September 2020
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,265 contributions
Aug. 2020
Aways very crowded and decadent. Visited after the pandemy and there were still many tourists. Maybe worth the view that you will have of Piazza san Marco from Basilica Santa Maria della Salute
Written 5 September 2020
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emmar510
Guildford, UK8 contributions
Aug. 2020
For our first visit to Venice we stayed at the Palazzo Veneziano facing the lagoon and Giudecca. Great bars and restaurants in a well kept area with easy access to the water bus.
Written 4 September 2020
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,664 contributions
Feb. 2020
The left hand side of Dorosoduro you have the sunny Zattere a long paved area where locals walk their dogs, children on scooters, more local life - the righthand side is the Grande Canale which is lined with some fabulous Palazzo's, my favourite is Palazzo Dario with its beautiful ornate frontage and extremely tall chimneys - it has a very chequered past.

There are many squares both large and small, my favourite is Campo Santa Margherita, one of the city's liveliest , its fish stall, flower stall, numerous, outdoor cafés/ restaurants, excellent ice-cream shops and very small ones. At the far end leads into Campo San Barnaba where an unusal canal barge is moored selling fabulous fresh vegetables and fruit. The bridge at the side, Ponte dei Pugni notice the footsteps - this is were rival families used to fight.

Leaving Zattere you walk at the side of the Rio di San Trovaso, Church of San Trovaso looking out over a grassy square, next door is Venice's oldest boatyards, gondolas are still made and maintained.

This area is a true oasis of peace - small stone bridges, pretty canals, mansions. The crowning glory is the most beautiful and majestic San Salute church and a little further down the customs house.

Jump on a waterbus at San Salute, as you slowly meander along the Grande Canale you will see the most amazing beautiful Palazzo's

Take time to wander around this wonderful quarter of the city, it is fascinating - we have stayed here 6 times, and always find something new to see every time.
Written 29 May 2020
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