The Dorsoduro District

In this chapter we talk about the small and pretty Dorsoduro District, set between the Giudecca Canal and the Grand Canal.

Together with the Rialto area, the surface of the Dorsoduro District was the first to be settled, thanks to its much more stable soil than that of other more marshy neighboring islets. At Dorsoduro we can say that there’s really everything from works of art to nightlife. It’s a rich and fascinating district. The eastern area, certainly more calm and gracious is characterized by shady squares, silent canals, views of the lagoon and picturesque residences of wealthy Venetians and foreigners.

The west part of the district, on the other hand, is more lively and has its main point of interest in the Santa Margherita Campo, a meeting place for young people, with several shops, restaurants and bars that also offer live music until late at night. Dorsoduro welcomes many large art collections, including the Accademia Galleries, the fascinating art of Salt Stores and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

We have divided the Dorsoduro District into the following chapters:

Ca' Rezzonico Palace

Ca' Rezzonico Palace - Dorsoduro District

This splendid Baroque palace is not only one of the most decorated in Venice, but also one of the few on the Grand Canal...

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Santa Margherita Campo

Santa Margherita Campo - Dorsoduro District

Has recently become the meeting point of choice for young people (thanks also to the proximity of the Ca 'Foscari...

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Santa Maria Rosario Church

Santa Maria Rosario Church - Dorsoduro District

The current church was built in 1743 by Giorgio Massari and decorated with exuberant elements in baroque and rococo style...

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The Accademia Gallery

The Accademia Gallery - Dorsoduro District

Is the most important and the most complete collection of Venetian art in the world and is housed in three buildings that were once of religious...

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Dorsoduro District

The Palace “Venier dei Leoni”, also called Guggenheim, was started in 1748 on a project by the architect Lorenzo...

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The Ognissanti Church

The Ognissanti Church - Dorsoduro District

Located in the Dorsoduro District, dates back to the 16th century with the aim of replacing the former church that stood beside the...

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Basilica Santa Maria of Salute

Basilica Santa Maria of Salute - Dorsoduro District

Was built as a mark of gratitude for the end of the plague in 1630, (from this fact derives the name "of Salute"), based on...

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San Nicolò Mendicoli Church

San Nicolò Mendicoli Church - Dorsoduro District

Founded in the twelfth century, is one of the oldest churches in Venezia and can be seen from its simple thirteenth-century...

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