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Dorsoduro district in Venice

The most cultural and pleasant neighborhood of Venice Italy

Dorsoduro

Dorsoduro is the neighborhood on the south side of Venice Italy. Dorsoduro is the most cultural district and the district with cozy restaurants.

Explore Dorsoduro – a district in the south of Venice

Dorsoduro borders the Santa Croce and San Polo district, with San Marco on the other side of the Canal Grande. On the other side of the water is the island of Giudecca. Dorsoduro is the most cultural district of Venice and it is an university district. Enjoy the cosy eateries, go vintage shopping and experience the young atmosphere of this part of Venice. Of course, a visit to a museum should not be missed. Fortunately, there are plenty of thing to do to choose from:

Tour: 12 sights of Dorsoduro

When you start your visit to Dorsoduro at the Ponte de l'Accademia on the Grand Canal, we recommend that you visit the following 12 places of interest in Dorsoduro. In logical order you will come across the following sights:

1. Galleria dell’Accademia

The museum Galleria dell'Accademia collects Venetian artwork from the 13th to 18th centuries. You can see works by Titian, Giorgione, Canaletto and Tiepolo, among others. The museum consists of several buildings that have been put together, like the former church of Santa Maria della Carità, the associated monastery and the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità.

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2. Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Another special exhibit can be found at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Housed in an 18th-century palace, the museum features 20th-century works of art collected by Peggy Guggenheim. Entering the museum, you also have access to the sculpture garden. This is also a place where you not only appreciate the exhibited works, but also particularly appreciate the structure itself.

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Galleria dell AccademiaThe Galleria dell Accademia
DorsoduroThe Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Venice

3. Santa Maria della Salute

Close to the Punto della Dogana museum and the Guggenheim is the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. This baroque church is octagonal in shape and you will find here 12 works by Titian. As with many Venice sights, the building itself deserves just as much attention as the art it houses. The large dome on top of the central part of the octagon, the many statues that look out over the canal from the outside and the lighting (when it starts to get dark and the sun sets), make it a special church. Entrance to this church is free.

4. Punta della Dogana

At the very tip of Dorsoduro you will find the Punta della Dogana museum. This museum is triangular in shape and it is housed in a building from which customs used to operate. You will find mainly international, modern art and this museum is not comparable to other museums in Venice. The rough structure of the inside of the building brings the art extra to expression. Bare walls, sleek floors and appropriate lighting, there is nothing to distract you from the objects on display. On the official website you can find out which temporary exhibitions are available.

Santa Maria della SaluteThe Santa Maria della Salute near the canal
Punta della DoganaPunta della Dogana

5. Santa Maria del Rosario (Gesuati)

Walk from Punta della Dogana via the wharf ('Zaterre') to the 18th-century Dominican church of Santa Maria del Rosario, also known as 'I Gesuati'. Along the way, enjoy views of the opposite island of Giudecca. The Santa Maria del Rosario is built in Rococo style and has beautiful, colorful frescoes on the ceiling by the Venetian Giambattista Tiepolo.

6. Squero di San Trovaso

To see where the story of the gondola starts, visit the Squero di San Trovaso on the south side of the Dorsoduro district. This has been the place where gondolas were built and maintained since the 17th century. Here you can clearly see where the gondolas are launched or taken out of the water for periodic maintenance. Sometimes you won't find any gondolas outside, other times it's full. The appearance of the building of the old, traditional workshop shows how much experience they have for centuries with their favorite mode of transport in Venice.

7. Church 'San Sebastiano'

The Chiesa di San Sebastiano is a 16th-century church and houses a series of frescoes by the artist Paolo Veronese, as well as paintings by Tintoretto and Titian. A beautiful church to take a quick look inside

Campo Santa Margherita VeniceCampo Santa Margherita, main square of Dorsoduro
Piazza di San Trovaso DorsoduroThe church of San Sebastiano

8. Scuolo Grande del Carmini

At one side of the square Campo Santa Margherita is the Scuolo Grande del Carmini. This was one of the six Scuole Grandi, or brotherhoods in Venice. The building, which is not as impressive as the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, has a few rooms with beautiful frescoes on the ceiling an decorated stairwells. A beautiful building to take a look inside (entrance 7 euros).

9. Campo Santa Margherita

Campo Santa Margherita is located near the Rio de Santa Margherita. It is the heart of the student district Dorsoduro and an attractive square with a well and a few large trees in the middle. The benches under the trees will help you rest in the shade in the summer. Along the edge of the square are several shops and restaurants. There are also some market stalls where you can buy vegetables, fruit, fresh fish or souvenirs. The ideal stop to have a rest at a bar or restaurant.

Scuolo Grande del Carmini DorsoduroScuolo Grande del Carmini
Campo Santa Margherita VeniceCampo Santa Margherita, main square of Dorsoduro

10. San Pantalon

The next church 'San Pantalon' is known for its beautifully painted ceiling. Chiesa di San Pantalon doesn't really attract your attention from the outside, but once inside you'll be amazed. There is a ceiling painted with stars, a ceiling of a dome with a special scene in the middle and a large rectangular ceiling depicting a lavish event. You cannot see it from the floor, but here 40 different oil cloths have been combined into one large magnificent whole.

church DorsoduroDe Chiesa di San Pantaleone Martire, or 'San Pantalon'
San Pantalon Venice ItalyThe ceiling of San Pantalon

11. Ca’ Rezzonico

At the corner where the Grand Canal meets the Rio de S. Barnaba, you will find Ca' Rezzonico. This museum is housed in a palace and this is immediately reflected in the beautiful interior with impressive floors, walls and ceilings. The palace dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. Construction needed more money was than expected, so the construction was not completed until the next century. After the use of the palace changed several times, a large part of the interior had also disappeared. Later, paintings were then collected and also the furniture returned. In this way a beautiful collection has been created that you can observe as a visitor.

12. Ponte de l'Accademia

From Ca'Rezzonico, you can returm in a few minutes to the Ponte de l'Accademia, the starting point of this tour of Dorsoduro and the spot from where you can easily continue to the San Marco district.

Ca'Rezzonico DorsoduroCa'Rezzonico in the district of Dorsoduro
Canal GrandeThe Ponte dell'Accademia connects the Dorsoduro neighborhood with San Marco

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