VENICE — Dorsoduro

This area includes the high land areas of Venice and the islands of Giudecca and Isola Sacca Fisola. It is one of the most poular areas in Venice because of its picturesque canals and palazzo. It is home to Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University and has more late-night drinking bars than the ret of Venice. It is less touristy than the San Marco area.

The sights found here are:
Ca’Rezzonico
Chiesa dei Gesuati
Chiesa dell’Arcangelo Raffaele
Chiesa di San Sebastian
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute
Gallerie dell’Accademia
Squera di San Trovaso
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Ca’Rezzonico

Ca’Rezzonico
This stunning mansion facing the Grand Canal is one of the grandest in Venice. It contains the Museum of the 18th century. The rooms are lovely and there are frescoed ceilings by Tiepolo and there are collections of 18th century furniture and art. Ca’Rezzonico was the last home of the poet Robert Browning.
For more information visit the website at http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/frame.asp?musid=7&sezione=musei

Chiesa dei Gesuati

Chiesa dei Gesuati
This church also known as the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Rosario was built for the Dominicans from 1726 to 1735. It has ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo and you will also find statues and sculpture by Gian Maria Morlaiter.

Chiesa dell Arcangelo Raffaele

Chiesa dell’Arcangelo Raffaele
The two towers of this church can be seen from all over southern Dorsoduro. It was initially built in the 7th century which makes it one of the oldest churches in Venice but the church you see today dates to the 17th century.

Chiesa di San Sebastian

Chiesa di San Sebastian
This church was built between 1505 and 1548 and is one of the great monuments of Italian art. It has some wonderful paintings and frescoes by Paolo Veronese including those found in the nave which tell the Story of Esther and in the monk’s choir telling of the life of Saint Sebastian. There are lots of his other paintings and frescoes scattered throughout the church.

Salute

Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Salute
It is commonly known as ‘The Salute’ and is one of the largest churches in Venice. It stands in a prominent position at the junction between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco on the lagoon. ‘The Salute’ is possibly one of Venice’s most recognizable silhouettes viewed and admired from afar especially from St Mark’s Square or the Ponte dell’Accademia.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

Gallerie dell’Accademia
You approach this building by the huge wooden arch of the Ponte dell’Accademia, built by the Austrians to move their soldiers swiftly about the city. From the top of the bridge you have a wonderful view of the Grand Canal, and the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. The Galleria houses the greatest collection of European and Venetian painting you will ever see.
To find out more information visit the website at http://www.gallerieaccademia.org/sito/ing_museo.html

Squera di San Trovaso

Squera di San Trovaso
This is one of the most interesting (and photographed) sights you’ll see in Venice. This small boatyard first opened in the 17th century. It is next to the Church of San Trovaso on the narrow Rio San Trovaso (not far from the Accademia Bridge). It is surrounded by Tyrolian-looking wooden structures that are home to the multigenerational owners and original workshops for traditional Venetian boats.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home — Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal. The museum houses Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th century art with masterpieces from the Gianni Mattioli Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Traveller's Tip

Be sure and visit the garden at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum as it is a lovely oasis on a hot summer’s day with some interesting sculptures.