Dorsoduro

Dorsoduro

meeting point : S.Stefano /  last of the tour h 2

The name of this district, refers to the characteristic that had the dunes of this area, less marshy than the others, here you can breathe an air anything but crowded.
From the Campo Santo Stefano looking towards the Grand Canal we encounter on a historical building, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti and the large  bridge of the Accademia, previously built in iron in 1854 by the Austrians. Facing down the wooden bridge, we head, as cultural stop, to the prestigious Scuola Grande di Sta Maria Della Carità, today the Academy's Galleries, that keep precious collections of the Veneto and Venetians' painters such as Bellini, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Veronese.

We continue our walk going to the left of the bridge thus continuing our artistic path and we enter, in a very curious area where art and artistic creativity takes over and attention to the art remains alive. Between calli and alleyways you uncover art galleries and small workshops, to end the path with the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, which welcomes works by European and American's artists. Very unusual, inside the museum garden, there is an headstone dedicated to the deceased dogs that lived with Mrs.Guggenheim during her stay in Venice.

Continuing and getting lost in the art's alleys, after about ten minutes we find ourselves at the foot of the steps of the Santa Maria della Salute, famous church erected after the liberation of the city from a plague epidemic, in XIIII century. Today, in commemoration of this liberation, the day November 21st you can light a candle and see the typical food and wine market-stalls that fill festively the shore and the surrounding area.
To the left of the church, recently opened you can visit the new Centre of Contemporary Art , that guest the collection of Francois Pinault.

To breathe the atmosphere of the lagoon, we suggest you walk along the shore and to stop for a nice lunch on a typical stilt house-terrace at the Linea d'ombra Restaurant, with a stunning views on the Canal of the Giudecca. For those who want to escape the tradition, this restaurant serves the most creative seafood!

With the belly sated, we continue our discovery along the shore, where, to the left we ll meet  several large wooden doors in which inside there were the salt warehouses now used to host exhibitions of architecture and art. In these warehouses once were stored salt and spices,and ships coming from East lands, moored here in front.

Having in mind these particular images of the past of this city, we continue the walk along the Zattere, leisure area favored by theVenetians in warmer weather days, and we turn to the right, after passing over the famous ice-cream coffee Nico, well known in town for the gianduiotto ice cream.

Just a bit further and in front of us we find the Squero: structure where they were originally made boats and gondolas, with direct access to water. This is the only Squero left in town.

Getting pictures of this peculiar Venitian architecture, we can sit on the banks of the foundation, accompanied by a glass of red wine and some "cicheto" all served at the tavern which takes its name of the front place.

 

by Fiorenza La Porta