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 »
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 » Giudecca, this sestiere is easily walkable and provides a glimpse into real life in Venice with its campi (squares), museums, and walkways. less «
This tour includes visits to museums interspersed with stops to rest and grab a bite to eat. The stops are easily interchangeable... more » depending on interest or mood. Because of the focus on outdoor areas, this trip is ideal for good walking weather, and although the distances are not long, comfortable walking shoes are always a good idea. Lines at the museums are typically longer in the summer, so getting an early start can be helpful during high tourist season.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for the Guggenheim Collection and the Punta della Dogana Contemporary Art collection online. less «
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.
You can... More get to the Guggenheim Collection quite easily from the Ponte dell'Accademia (on the Grand Canal) or from the ACTV vaporetto stop at the Salute (line 1). Signs on the sides of buildings guide visitors through the labyrinth of walkways.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation opened the collection as a museum in 1980. The centerpiece of the museum was the collection of Peggy Guggenheim representing works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism, and American Abstract Expressionism. The museum also includes a sculpture garden and other pieces on long-term loan from the Gianni Mattioli Collection.
Tip: The Dorsoduro sestiere has many calle (walkways) that are great to explore to see what real life in Venice looks like. The great news is that is hard to get lost here because you are surrounded by water on two sides (the Grand Canal on one, and Canale della Giudecca on the other).
Seniors (over 65): €10
Students under 26: €7 (with current student ID)
Children under 10: Free
Closed Tuesdays, January 9, February 20, December 25
Dorsoduro, 701 30123 Venice, Italy
Phone: 041 240 5411
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).
You... More might even recognize the church, The Church of San Barnaba, as it was used during the filming of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
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 Venice a storied palazzo, completed by artist Giorgio Massari. The palazzo transitioned through many owners, including Robert Barrett Browning as a residence for his father, Robert Browning, who died there.
Now, Ca'Rezzonico is collection of 18th century Venetian art with paintings from Giandomenico Tiepolo and more. Its frescoed ceilings are some of the best preserved in the city.
Adults: 8 euro
Students with ID, children ages 6-14 and seniors over 65: 5,50 euro
April-October: Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm
November-March: Wed-Mon: 10am-5pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Phone: 041 2410100
If you wanted to start the tour here instead and are coming from other places in the city (or wanted to go somewhere afterwards), the Ca'Rezzonico museum is next to the Linea 1 ACTV stop Ca'Rezzonico.
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 ... Moremood for ice cream, Il Doge has delicious gelato.Less
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 westernmost point... More of the Zattere, is known as the San Basilio. Many of the buildings along the Zattere are government owned, including the French Embassy and the Venetian Port Authority.
Several churches line the walkway as well as the ACTV stop for the vaporetto and motoscafo that can take you across the canal to the Giudecca. Close to the ACTV stop is the Gelateria Nico. If you did not have gelato in Campo Santa Margherita, you should stop by Nico at the Zattere for a traditional Venetian Gianduiotto.
Continuing across the Rio della Fornace, the Zattere passes the Emporio dei Sali, formerly used for the storage of salt. It now houses the city’s most prestigious rowing club, the Bucintoro.
The Zattere comes to an abrupt end where the Grand Canal and the Canal of the Giudecca meet, at its most easterly point, the Dogana di Mare (customs house), which is known for its exquisite bronze weather vane depicting the Goddess Fortuna.
The Zattere is home to many Venetian runners in the early morning hours as well and is a great spot to sit on a bench, to people watch or read a book.
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 traveling in Europe during the 1960s.
Punta della Dogana or Palazzo Grassi
Children 12-18, Students with ID and seniors over 65: 10€
Punta della Dogana + Palazzo Grassi
Children 12-18, Students with ID and seniors over 65:
Children 11 and under: Free
Closed Tuesdays and December 24 and 25
Last entrance at 6pm
Dorsoduro 2, campo della Salute
Infoline and phone reservations
From Italy : 199 139 139
From abroad: +39 041 27 19 039
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 architectural gift and contains artistic works of Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and Francesco Bassano.
On the third Saturday of July, Il Redentore is the scene of a major Venetian festival, the Festa del Redentore, with a pontoon bridge built across the canal and fireworks in the evening to represent the trip that the Doge and Senators of Venice took every year to attend Mass.
Closed Sundays, December 25,January 1, Easter and August 15.
Campo del SS. Redentore, 195 Giudecca cap 30133 - Venezia
Note: This part of the Dorsoduro sestiere is less traveled by tourists but is a must see for its charm and quiet walkways. Known primarily for being home to the elegant Hotel Cipriani, Giudecca is now also home to the restored Mulino Stucki, now a Hilton property.Less
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 ... Morefor the first time in 1948, this is a perfect spot for a panoramic view of the canal while enjoying a delicious meal or dessert.
Price: Meals €80-120
April-October: Wed-Mon: 10:30am-11pm
Sestiere Giudecca 773
Phone: +39 041 52.24.844
If you decide that you would rather only have dessert at Harry's Dolci, or not make the journey across the canal, there is a fabulous Pizzeria, Ae Oche, on the Zattere. The great menu offers many choices, is family friendly, and is reasonably priced.
Dorsoduro 1414, Zattere, Venice, Italy
tel: 041 5286473