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Dorsoduro Venice: what to see

Discovering one of the most beautiful and characteristic districts of the Serenissima: here is what to see in Venice Dorsoduro and the attractions not to be missed

After San Marco, the Dorsoduro district is undoubtedly one of the most loved and known in Venice: neighborhood full of attractions, museums and characteristic places. The origin of its name is linked to the fact that it was one of the few non-marshy areas of the city and, therefore, more stable than the others, ideal for the construction of splendid palaces and some of the most beautiful houses in Venice.

The Dorsoduro district still retains an enviable position with respect to the center and the main communication routes, as well as numerous examples of Venetian architecture and buildings of great artistic and cultural value.

If you are near Dorsoduro Venice, what to see and what to visit is suggested by the experts of your real estate agency Engel & Volkers.


For art lovers, it is a must when deciding what to visit in Venice. Founded in the 1700s within the former School of Santa Maria della Carità, the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice is one of the richest art galleries in the world. In its splendid corridors it is possible to admire a collection of paintings by the most famous Venetian and Venetian painters, including Tintoretto, Tiziano, Canaletto, Giambattista Tiepolo and Giorgione, but also by other great artists such as Mantegna and Piero della Francesca. The museum also houses Leonardo's famous Vitruvian Man, one of the pearls of the collection.

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Still on the subject of art, what to see in Dorsoduro Venice if not one of the most important museums in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim located inside Palazzo Venier. In this case it is a museum of contemporary art, which includes the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim. If today it is one of the most important contemporary art museums in Italy and Europe, it is because it houses works by artists of the caliber of Picasso, René Magritte, Salvador Dalì, Jackson Pollock, Lucio Fontana, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor and many others.

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When you are in Dorsoduro Venice, what to see and what to do is also suggested a little by the spirit of the district. For example, just take a trip to the characteristic Campo Santa Margherita to let yourself be carried away by the magic of the place and the vitality of the cafes and taverns that dot this picturesque Venetian square.

A true meeting place for Venetians, it is famous for its excellent local cuisine restaurants and for the famous aperitifs based on "spritz" and typical "cicchetti", especially appreciated by young people and tourists from all over the world.

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Those who are preparing to visit the Dorsoduro district cannot miss a visit to Cà Dario, a historic building to which one of the most unusual and curious legends of Venice is linked. Designed by the architect Pietro Lombardo in 1479, it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the Serenissima, which inspired Claude Monet for a series of paintings by him, but is also known for an alleged curse that affects its inhabitants.

According to the legends, the owners of Ca 'Dario are destined to end up in ruins or to die a violent death, giving the structure the sad name of “Palazzo Maledetto”.


If you are looking for curious itineraries in Dorsoduro Venice, what to see and what to visit for those who come to visit the city can become a really difficult choice.

The advice is to let yourself be attracted by the many churches and churches rich in works of art such as the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, the Jesuit church or the church of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, but also by the beautiful historic buildings such as Cà Foscari, seat of the homonymous university, and Cà Rezzonico near the Grand Canal.

Here, a journey to discover the most beautiful  churches in Venice.

Among the attractions of the Dorsoduro district, do not miss the Fondamenta delle Zattere, which offers a splendid walk along the southern edge of the city, among clubs, shops and splendid examples of Venetian architecture.

Rely on the Engel & Volkers Venice agency to find the most beautiful houses for sale in the Serenissima.

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