Dorsoduro
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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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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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  • sotms
    New York City, New York289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk
    This was my favorite neighborhood. Cross the Accademia bridge and just stroll among very clean streets full of art galleries, shops and restaurants. Go all the way to Santa Maria della Salute (it is under construction, but still impressive area on the outside). From there can take traghetto across to St.Marks , or vaporetto #1 back to hotel, better yet, along the entire length of Grand Canal.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Adriana U
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A better place to stay - avoid the crowds
    I chose this after getting a bit of advise from a seasoned Venice traveller. Definitely better than staying near the piazza. St Mark's square area is vibrant and full of amusement but it is also terribly crowded and if you want some quiet time, you are better of choosing Dorsoduro where you can have both the nice sites and busy areas but also the quiet alleys. As a plus, you get to take pictures without the intrusive tourists and visitors. There are beautiful sites everywhere and a great combination of students and people of all ages sharing the space.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Michael E
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pay attention to the art!
    There is great art here and the Disney visitors across the canal miss this. Learn the whole history of Venetian painting at L'Accademia!!! Then visit Scuola di San Rocco (Tintoretto frescoes), Ca Rezzonico (Tiepolo), Santa Marie della Salute (Marriage at Cana by Tintoretto, Saint Mark Enthroned by Titian) The churches of Venice are loaded with Renaissance masterpieces Finish with Guggenheim Modern Art Start EARLY. Take your time. Try to stay overnight.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 March 2024
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Michael E
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
There is great art here and the Disney visitors across the canal miss this.

Learn the whole history of Venetian painting at L'Accademia!!!

Then visit Scuola di San Rocco (Tintoretto frescoes), Ca Rezzonico (Tiepolo), Santa Marie della Salute (Marriage at Cana by Tintoretto, Saint Mark Enthroned by Titian)

The churches of Venice are loaded with Renaissance masterpieces

Finish with Guggenheim Modern Art

Start EARLY. Take your time. Try to stay overnight.
Written 28 March 2024
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Adriana U
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I chose this after getting a bit of advise from a seasoned Venice traveller. Definitely better than staying near the piazza. St Mark's square area is vibrant and full of amusement but it is also terribly crowded and if you want some quiet time, you are better of choosing Dorsoduro where you can have both the nice sites and busy areas but also the quiet alleys. As a plus, you get to take pictures without the intrusive tourists and visitors. There are beautiful sites everywhere and a great combination of students and people of all ages sharing the space.
Written 5 March 2024
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sotms
New York City, NY289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was my favorite neighborhood. Cross the Accademia bridge and just stroll among very clean streets full of art galleries, shops and restaurants.
Go all the way to Santa Maria della Salute (it is under construction, but still impressive area on the outside). From there can take traghetto across to St.Marks , or vaporetto #1 back to hotel, better yet, along the entire length of Grand Canal.
Written 29 October 2023
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GAR
882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I wish I had more time to explore one of Venice’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. I really recommend visiting as it is as beautiful as San Marco but with less crowds
Written 21 August 2023
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moreholidaysplease87
Lincolnshire, UK335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Well worth the walk, good to see different areas in Venice, easy to get around and soak up the atmosphere.
Written 25 June 2023
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EddySch
Greater London, UK362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Somewhat off the tourist track, the area near our hotel was lively and full of locals. The campos of San Barnaba and San Marguerite were both bustling, full of great cafes, restaurants and shops - there are some fantastic bakeries and gelato to be found, along with one of the few remaining greengrocer boats moored up in the canal by San Barnaba. Our favourite area to wander and experience something of the real Venice.
Written 16 April 2023
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JulesL
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We explored this area having visited the Academia museum and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The area is much quieter and touristy than around St Marks Square. It has fantastic cafes and shops. Well worth visiting.
Written 12 March 2023
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amnews
Boston, MA179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
It seems everyone wants to get lost in Dorsoduro. It is easy to do! There isn't anything truly great here, unless you place Accademia in that category, but it is a nice place to wander.
Written 20 September 2022
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courtney9384
Washington DC, DC402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I adore this neighborhood of Venice! It seems worlds away from San Marco once you cross the Ponte dell'Accademia. Only a handful of tourists, and you can wander and get lost on the sidewalks and foot bridges among the local Venetians. A number of charming bars, cafes, and restaurants that never seemed to be fully booked, so you didn't have to plan reservations in advance. The district also has a number of lovely inns and hotels. I extended my trip to spend several days in Dorsoduro. My favorite part was the artsy feel to the neighborhood with a number of important galleries and museums in the area. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection cannot be missed if you have any interest in Modern/Post-War art. Cannot wait to return!
Written 1 September 2022
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Erikdk
Ballerup, Denmark200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Dorsoduro part of Venice is a very recommendable part of Venice. Cross the Ponto Accademia, and you are there.
Few tourists - many Venezians. If you can find it - rent a flat there for a week, and you will experience Venice in quite a different way, and at a lower pricelevel!
Written 30 August 2022
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