A DORSODURO DISCOVERY – PRIVATE TOUR
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Salute Church, floor detail, Venice
Venice, Giudecca Canal at dusk
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Highlights of this tour:
Campo Santa Margherita
San Sebastiano (with paintings by Veronese)
Gondola making boatyards
Stroll along the Zattere
Wonderful view from Punta della Dogana
This itinerary takes you into some of the solitary corners of the Dorsoduro district, Venice’s elegant “Rive Gauche.”
Across the Accademia Bridge, we can enjoy a superb view of the Grand Canal with the Salute Church as a background.
We quickly reach Campo San Barnaba, a lively square bordered by a picturesque canal with strong cinematographic nuances.
We soon reach the vast Campo Santa Margherita, where university students, local Venetians, and tourists sit at the many open air cafés, creating an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere unique to Venice.
We stroll along beautiful Rio dei Carmini to the secluded San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, once a neighborhood of seafarers and fishermen, which today retains all the liveliness of working-class area.
Not far is the Renaissance Church of San Sebastiano – one of the saints popularly invoked during the Black Plague – masterly decorated with frescoes and canvases by the great Paolo Veronese, who is buried here.
Our tour continues past “Tramontin” and “San Trovaso,” two of the last gondola yards, where the famous Venetian boats are still built following traditional rules.
Our tour continues along the Zattere (meaning the rafts on which timber arrived to the Lagoon from the mountain valleys), the sunny promenade along the Giudecca Canal, especially frequented by the Venetians in warm summer evenings, and famous for its open air ice cream parlors.
Our promenade ends at the Punta della Dogana, the old Sea Custom House, at the confluence of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal.
Here we’ll enjoy a spectacular view of St. Mark’s Square and St. George’s Island.
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Dorsoduro occupies the Southwestern part of Venice, wedged between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal.
The name Dorsoduro means “the hard backbone,” as the subsoil here is more solid than in other parts of town.
The sestiere is characterized by the presence of four major museums: the Accademia Galleries, the Venetian 18th century Museum (Ca’ Rezzonico), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the new ‘Punta della Dogana’, Francois Pinault’s private collection of modern art.
Besides the museums, another defining element of the neighborhood is the presence of many young people studying at either Ca’Foscari University, or the Fine Arts Academy.
This lends freshness and a casual atmosphere to the entire area.
Add to this a sprinkle of famous artisans’ shops and much interesting architecture, like Ca’ Foscari and Ca’ Rezzonico, both splendid palaces on the Grand Canal, or the picturesque Gothic houses in Campo Santa Margherita, and you’ll see why this is one of the most desirable places to stay in Venice.
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Cost of this tour
This tour lasts three hours and costs 270 euros up to six people (not per person).
Only private parties.
For larger parties send us an email!
Entrance fees per person:
Church of San Sebastiano 3 euros as an alternative
in addition, we can also enter the Salute Church, no admission fees).
Short sleeves and knee high skirts/pants ok
No sleeveless garments, no shorts.
The Church of San Sebastiano is closed on Sundays.