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Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood 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 neighborhood 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. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
"Looks are deceiving"
reviewed 2 weeks ago by KatWomanNYC
You would never think that this abandoned-looking church housed anything beyond pigeons but you would be wrong. It's free to see the biggest canvas painting in the world, on the ceiling, depicting the Martyrdom and Apotheosis of St Pantalon, painted by Giovanni Antonio Fumiani.
So this was our vaporetto stop - but we wouldn't have gone into the museum without our fabulous guide who took us to "off the beaten path Venice". Absolutely loved this place. After the maddening crowds in other Venice sites - this was a welcome respite. More important than the fact that there weren't too many people, the old palazzo...
A really lovely church, both inside and out. It is said to have mystical healing properties, which I don’t believe, but the atmosphere inside is very calming. The view of Venice from the steps is stunning.
"Fantastic modern art exhibition in beautiful building"
reviewed 5 days ago by jennyellen31
We only went to Punta della Dogana as we had been to Palazzo Grassi the day before and the ticket was combined, so we thought "why not". We're so glad we did! It's a beautiful building (perhaps an old monastery?) right opposite San Marco square, offering amazing views all round of the water. The exhibition was excellent. Varied and interesting....
₱₱₱₱ • Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups, International
"Fantastic tasting menu and wine pairing!"
reviewed yesterday by Zahra R
We made these reservations months in advance after looking at online reviews and were so happy we did! The location of the restaurant was perfect for us, minutes from our hotel with a lovely view of the water but a little off the beaten path (which we loved)! Every aspect of our experience was lovely from impeccably attentive service to...
They changed management ... and I have to say that the numbers 1. Excellent welcome by Raisa who suggested two courses as an appetizer ... venison tartare and red tuna tartare, amazing. Another exceptional course is the tuna steak. We accompanied it all with a bottle of Ferrari brut Maximum. all perfect! See you next time, congratulations to everyone!
₱₱ - ₱₱₱ • Wine Bar, Italian, Mediterranean, Deli, Gastropub, Bar
"Cosy little bar to enjoy the end of a busy day with a great spritz"
reviewed 1 week ago by Nele G
We discovered this bar just by passing by.
Since then we went back every evening to enjoy a Spritz.
Service was really friendly, we also got a big bowl of chips with our drinks every time.
Unfortunately we didn't had the chance to try some of the tapas but they looked delicious!
Prices were reasonable for being in Venice.
We loved our stay here. The hotel is not in the middle of the touristy area - but that was what we were looking for. Now if you want to get to the touristy area - 5-10min walk so nothing out of the way. We loved the hotel - the staff was so friendly and helpful. They also had an...
We visited as a family with 2 children-aged 12 and 16.It’s been a very long time since we have stayed in a Hotel with similar standards of service or presentation of rooms or friendliness of staff-I would only compare to The Peninsula Group-undoubtedly the best worldwide Hotel company by a distance.
We were looked after wonderfully and could not recommend...
First of all, the location was outstanding--easy to find on a wider street, close to the Accademia Bridge (so convenient to vaporettos, St. Marks, etc) but yet felt removed from the main tourist rush. Second, the facilities were beautiful--room was spacious, common areas very artistic. Third, breakfast was excellent--a great variety of meats, fruit, pastries, and hot foods to choose...
Fantastic service, the team on reception couldn’t have been more helpful. Lovely room (honeymoon suite), the room was over two floors with a jacuzzi and everything was spotless. I loved the location, around a 20 minute walk to St Marks Square - lovely, peaceful location with great restaurants close by. Better than most 5 star hotels I’ve stayed in!
Our hotel stay was amazing. My wife and I enjoyed every day in Venice and the hotel location was a huge part. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. The next time we come to Venice we will be staying here again.