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Getting to Know Dorsoduro in Venice

Explore life in the artistic and unique Venetian sestiere of Dorsoduro with these artistic and local hotspots.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview:  Dorsoduro is known as the center of academic and artistic life in Venice. Situated between the Grand Canal and the Canale of the... more »

Tips:  This tour includes visits to museums interspersed with stops to rest and grab a bite to eat. The stops are easily interchangeable... more »

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Points of Interest

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is located in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni which was begun in the 1750s by architect Lorenzo Boschetti. It is an unfinished palazzo that was purchased by Peggy Guggenheim in 1949; it was her home for 30 years. The Istrian stone and lush green garden set it apart from nearby palazzi along the Grand Canal.

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Campo San Barnaba is a great place to grab a caffe at Caffe Degli Artisti, or buy a few fresh vegetable snacks at the "vegetable boat" that has moored along side Rio San Barnaba, at the Ponte dei Pugni, that was run by three brothers for 63 years. (It is now owned by some young Venetians that could not stand the idea of it being closed).
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Ca'Rezzonico was originally the site of two homes belonging to one of the aristocratic families of Venice. The Bon family planned to create a three story marble palazzo, designed by Baldassare Longhena overlooking the Grand Canal but never completed the project. Giambattista Rezzonico bought the palazzo, elevating his social power and giving... More

Known for its many bars, cafes, and restaurants, Campo Santa Margherita is a great place to people watch, have a lunch of ciccetti (tapas like plates), and rest before continuing on to explore. Campo Santa Margherita is just over the bridge (Ponte dei Pugni) from Campo San Barnaba. Pizzeria Ai Sportivi is a great local pizza place. If you are the ... More

After lunch, take a leisurely stroll along the Zattere, overlooking the Canale della Giudecca. This wide waterfront walk way was built in 1519 as a landing stage for timber, but is now a favorite spot to take "quattro passi" (a short walk).

The Zattere runs along almost the entire southern shore of the Dorsoduro sestiere. The... More

The Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal. The former customs house is now a center for contemporary art, as the permanent exhibition of the works from the François Pinault Collection. The restoration of the customs house was done by the architect Tadao Ando, a self-taught architect who learned his trade while ... More

To get to the Redentore, you need to take the ACTV Vaporetto #2 from the Zattere across the Canale della Giudecca.

The Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore is a 16th century Roman Catholic church designed by the architect Andrea Palladi, inspired by the Parthenon of Athens and built to thank God for the end of the plague. The church is an... More

Harry's Bar, located in the San Marco sestiere, is a traditional foodie stop for anyone who would like to take in the charm and elegance of this historic venue.

Harry's Dolci is a less expensive, much less crowded, but still trendy and elegant place to finish off a day in Venice. Known for its Bellini, served by the acclaimed Giuseppe Cipriani ... More