Our Romite, Turchette and S. Trovaso apartments are located in the beautiful and peaceful "Sestiere" Dorsoduro. Saint Mark's Square is just 15 minutes away. With a 3 minutes walk you can get to the lively "Campo" Santa Margherita with nice pubs, cafès and live music. In the opposite direction it will take you about 2 minutes to reach "Le Zattere", the waterfront on the Giudecca Canal. The Accademia Bridge, over the Grand Canal, is just 4 minutes away. When you are about to reach Venice, just give us a ring to arrange a meeting point: we will come to pick you up and show you the way to your flat.
Dorsoduro hosts many great attractions and has the city’s liveliest nightlife but at the same time is off the beaten path of the mad tourist crowds of San Marco and offers the best prices for virtually anything.
The general atmosphere is relaxed, bohemian and artistic: artists such as John Ruskin, Ezra Pound and Robert Browning among others, lived in this area.
Dorsoduro houses the most picturesque canals and palaces, is home to the Ca’ Foscari University and is therefore also a “studenty” area, with more late-night pubs than the rest of Venice.
The meaning of the word “Dorsoduro” is literally “hard back”, to indicate the solid clay foundation on which it was constructed. Dorsoduro includes the south part of Venice and the island Giudecca which is across the spectacular Giudecca Canal that you will be able to see from the promenade “Zattere”.
The "Dogana" is a former Customs warehouse, built in 1677 to make sure that no vessel could enter the Grand Canal without paying duties, is nowadays one of the most photographed sights of the city. The Dogana reopened in 2009, dramatically renovated by the Japanese minimalist architect Tadao Ando who brought back the interior of the building to its original design of wooden beams and red bricks, but also added his own typical panels of polished concrete. As a result, the building is now a mixture of old and modern styles that pays homage to both the city’s history and to its evolving architecture. The Dogana building now hosts a gallery of particularly ambitious works of art from the François Pinault Foundation, one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Peggy Guggenheim was one of the greatest art collectors in the world: her home, Palazzo Venier, hosts an impressive collection of abstract, futurist and surrealistic works of art of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dalì, Max Ernst (her former husband), Kandinsky, Mondrian and Picasso. The showcase also includes works of the main Italian futurists such as Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio de Chirico, Umberto Boccioni and Giacomo Balla.
Campo Santa Margherita
Campo Santa Margherita is the heart of the Dorsoduro District and one of the most lively places in Venice. The many cafes and restaurants make it the perfect meeting place for University students and the ideal resting place for tourists who are tired of walking around.
During the day there are a fish market, a fruit market, children playing and elderly people resting on the benches.
In the evening this is probably the best place in Venice to have an "aperitivo" in one of the many cafes: the drink Venetians prefer is called "Spritz": it is a mixture of Prosecco, seltz and light liquor.
During the night the Campo is crowded with hundreds of youngsters who go from one pub to the other and enjoy Venice nightlife.
Santa Maria della Salute was built in the 17th century thanks to the support of Venice’s plague survivors. This baroque church is located in the eastern tip of Dorsoduro which is one of the most photographed sights in Venice. In 1630 the plague killed about 80.000 people and the Senate promised the “Blessed Vergin” to build a church in exchange for salvation. This “Basilica” was designed by Baldassarre Longhena whose project was chosen among 11 others due to its innovative octagonal shape that reminds of a crown, to be dedicated to the Virgin. The sacristy hosts an impressive collection of Reinassance masterpieces that includes works by Titian, Palma il Giovane and Tintoretto. From Campo della Salute you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Grand Canal and St. Marks Basin. The construction of the church and the “Campo” (square), required some 1,156,627 wooden posts to be driven into the “barena” (emerging layers of clay/mud).
Gallerie dell’Accademia – a former convent, in 1807 Napoleon turned it into his personal warehouse of art throfies. Since then, the building has hosted works of art that span from the 14th to 18th centuries, including, among others, paintings by Giorgione, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Veronese, Titian, Bellini and Carpaccio.
Ca' Rezzonico is one of the most famous Venetian palaces, also designed by Baldassarre
Longhena, the greatest architect of Venetian baroque.
For a period of time, the palace was the residence of English poet Robert Browning who died in his apartment on the mezzanine floor in 1889. A plaque is affixed to the wall near the entrance with the quoting of his lines: Open my heart and you will see / Graved inside of it, 'Italy'.
Ca’ Rezzonico now houses a museum dedicated to 18th century Venetian furniture, sculpture and painting, "Museo del Settecento Veneziano".
The collection includes works by Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane, Pietro Longhi and Francesco Guardi among others.
The "Squero" - a Gondola workshop
One of the last 3 remaining “Squero” (gondola workshop) is located in Rio San Trovaso. Here, gondolas have been designed, built, maintained and repaired by hand for centuries. In this "Squero" the "squeraioli" (gondola makers) are still working with the same tools that were used 100 years ago. They do not use winches to hoist, move and turn the gondolas, the whole work is carried out by hand.
Nowadays only 5 “Squeri” are still functioning, one is located in San Trovaso, Dorsoduro District (picture above) and is property of the Municipality of Venice; the other one, Squero Tramontin, is also located in Dorsoduro (Ognissanti).
Campo San Barnaba
Ponte dei pugni
Marble footsteps inlaid on the ground, remember the ancient Venetian tradition that used to take place on this small bridge. Two Venetian families, the Castellani and the Nicolotti, hated each other due to long time rivalry; they used to fist fight on this bridge: first there was a 1 to 1 duel where the “Champions” had to put their feet on marble inlaid and keep them there until the fight was over. After the duel there was a final collective brawl! The aim of the challenge was to throw the opponent in the water as the bridge at that time did not have railings on the sides. The winner party won the right to put their flag on the bridge. This odd competition was tolerated by the governors but in 1705 the fights were banned as too often contenders went from using their fists to using their knives.
Next to the bridge is a barge that sells fruit and vegetable: this barge has been in the same spot selling vegetables for over five hundred years.