Get away to romantic Dorsoduro! Enjoy the boating, cathedral and local cuisine.

Originally one of the wealthier oceanfront portions of Venice, Dorsoduro retains some of its extravagance while offering relatively affordable food and nightlife. During the day, tour the ornate churches throughout the area. At night, retreat into a bar or restaurant.

Many come to Dorsoduro to see an array of beautiful churches within a small area. Gaze at the amazing Fumiani artwork that canopies the entire ceiling of San Pantalon. Admire the long, Gothic hallways of the Santa Maria dei Carmini and appreciate the Veronese paintings of San Sebastiano.

Be sure to visit the museum Punta della Dogana. This former customs building has hosted some of the finest art exhibitions in the world and it continues to maintain a handsomely funded collection, courtesy of François Pinault, the French billionaire.

Cross the Accademia Bridge and view the artwork displayed at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Patron to many of the most famous modernist artists, Peggy Guggenheim collected art from Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian and many others. The American heiress assembled a startling collection housed at this museum, which also features a sculpture garden outside.

Take advantage of Dorsoduro’s night life. Get active on the dance floor of a club or sit down for a beer at a bar. Find late-night fun and inexpensive drinks at Campo Santa Margherita, a legendary square that fills up with locals at night. People watch and enjoy nightlife with friendly Venetians.

With access to lively squares and waterfront views, many people opt to stay in Dorsoduro while they tour Venice. The relatively inexpensive cuisine found in Dorsoduro makes the area popular with locals during lunch breaks. Find the least expensive and most delicious food outside the main squares.

Take the Venice Vaporetto Line 1 to reach Dorsoduro. Many of the attractions here are walking distance from each other. Before you leave, try a marzipan cake at the 120-year-old patisserie, Pasticceria Tonolo.

Known for

Romantic, Museums and Cathedrals

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Top hotels in Dorsoduro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
£108
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zattere, Ca' Rezzonico, and Academy Gallery. Grand Canal and Peggy Guggenheim Museum are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,596 reviews)

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay . The food was fabulous and the staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Palazzo Veneziano
NH Venezia Rio Novo
NH Venezia Rio Novo
4 out of 5
Calle Larga Ragusei Dorsoduro 3489, Venice
£103
per night
18 Nov-19 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Station, Rialto Bridge and Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. St. Mark's Square and Marco Polo's ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)

"We were very satisfied with this NH hotel. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable. The breakfast was very good. We would gladly stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

NH Venezia Rio Novo
Axel Hotel Venezia - Adults Only
Axel Hotel Venezia - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Dorsoduro 222, Venice, VE
£93
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this hotel is steps away from Zattere, Grand Canal and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Basilica of St Mary of Health and Academy Gallery are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (92 reviews)

"Located in a quieter area but being relatively close to the bridge across the Grand Canal worked really well for getting to the places we wanted to visit."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Axel Hotel Venezia - Adults Only
Hotel Moresco
Hotel Moresco
4 out of 5
Sestiere Dorsoduro 3499, Venice, VE
£116
per night
5 Nov-6 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Campo Santa Margherita and Grand Canal. Piazzale Roma and Ca' Rezzonico are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (841 reviews)

"One of the best hotels we ever stayed in. It was great in all aspects and it’s location in Venice was great, in a beautiful area, not crowded but close to major sites."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019

Hotel Moresco
Hotel Messner
Hotel Messner
3.5 out of 5
Dorsoduro 237, Venice, VE
£42
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this hotel is steps away from Zattere, Grand Canal and Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Basilica of St Mary of Health and Academy Gallery are also ...

3.5/5Good! (518 reviews)

"Hotel Messner was in a lovely quite area of Venice with a Vaporetto stop just around the corner, just 15 mins from St. Mark’s Square. The staff were very helpful and friendly, the meals at the restaurant were very enjoyable and the 30% discount for hotel guests was a welcome bonus. The Continental ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019

Hotel Messner
Belle Arti Hotel
Belle Arti Hotel
3 out of 5
Rio Terrà Foscarini, 912/A, Dorsoduro, Venice, VE
£53
per night
19 Nov-20 Nov

Located in Dorsoduro, this romantic hotel is steps away from Zattere, Grand Canal and Academy Gallery. Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Basilica of St Mary of Health ...

3.6/5Good! (785 reviews)

"Rooms are clean and basic but nicely decorated and feels like recently refurbished. Beds made up every day with clean towels. Location is excellent, 2 minute walk from Zattere ferry stop. However you can walk practically everywhere! Breakfast is continental style with enough choice for everybody. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Belle Arti Hotel

Popular things to do in Dorsoduro

Peggy Guggenheim Museum
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Peggy Guggenheim Museum

4.5/5(191 reviews)

Visit one of Europe’s finest modern art museums and browse masterpieces from numerous movements, including surrealism, cubism and abstract expressionism.  

Basilica of St Mary of Health
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Basilica of St Mary of Health

4.5/5(119 reviews)

This tribute to the Madonna still plays an important part in the religious life of Catholic Venetians.

Ca' Rezzonico
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Ca' Rezzonico

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Step back into Venice's past when you study the paintings, frescos and period furniture of this magnificent baroque palace.

Academy Gallery
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Academy Gallery

4.5/5(124 reviews)

Academy Gallery is a top museum in Venice with a rich history. Stroll along the marina or visit the churches in the area.

Punta della Dogana
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Punta della Dogana

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore contemporary and often controversial art in a magnificent building that was once the center of the city’s customs operations.

Academy Bridge
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Academy Bridge

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Stroll along this striking architectural feature and take in some of the best views of Venice’s Grand Canal. 

Top activities in Dorsoduro

Hidden Venice Walking Tour by Night & Gondola Ride
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Hidden Venice Walking Tour by Night & Gondola Ride

£58

Discover the mysterious side of Venice by night, away from the crowds, surrounded by the city's usual dreamy atmosphere. Walk through quiet streets and hear secrets and legends behind the floating city before enjoying a traditional gondola ride along scenic canals.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection with Skip-the-Line Admission
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection with Skip-the-Line Admission

£17

Step from the time-worn, history-filled streets of Venice into an elegant palace on the Grand Canal for a look at the colorful modern art collection of American heiress Peggy Guggenheim.

Venetian Wine Tasting Tour: Drink as a Venetian
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Venetian Wine Tasting Tour: Drink as a Venetian

£17

In the famous “Dai Do Cancari” wine bar you will enjoy a professional wine tasting where you will appreciate all the characteristic of the Venetian wines. The owners work in this sector since many years and so, they will provide you a complete tasting explain properly how to make a real tasting.

Local Venice Away from the Crowds Private Tour
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Local Venice Away from the Crowds Private Tour

£20

If you always wanted to explore the magical city of Venice without following the hustle and bustle of tourists and crowds, then this private experience is just the thing for you! Kick off your private experience with a wonderful stroll through a picturesque neighborhood.

Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide
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Venice Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local Guide

£17

Enjoy a fun and informative 2 hour walking tour of the highlights of Venice led by a local expert tour guide. It is the best way to explore the best of Venice in short time. You can take this tour in a small group of maximum 15 people or privately with the guide exclusively for you and your party.

The Real Venice Experience
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The Real Venice Experience

£266

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Palazzo Dona Giovannelli, Salizada Santa Fosca, 30121 Venice Italy This is a lovely little square and a breath of fresh air after wondering through the narrow streets.

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