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Salute (Dorsoduro)Pedestrian, 6 km, 1 day
The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, located in the relatively peaceful district of Dorsoduro, remains one of the main attractions of Venice. At the end of the peninsula, Douane de mer is experiencing a second life thanks to an exhibition of works from the collection of François Pinault.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
Built in 1630 by Baldassare Longhena to ward off a plague epidemic, this immense church crowned with a domed and standing almost exactly at the mouth of the Grand Canal, is one of the best-known sites of Venice. If the interior can seem quite cold within its majestic solemnity, it does contain some priceless works of art: The Wedding of Cana by Tintoretto, and works by Titian whose topic is sacrifice (ceiling of the Sacristy) and altarpieces by Luca Giordano.
Venice's historic customs house has been converted into a Centre of Contemporary Art by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The building, which commands a fantastic view of the Guidecca, is home to a large portion of the collection belonging to François Pinault. With the Palazzo Grassi, the Centre organises extremely interesting exhibitions by artists from all over the world.
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is home to the collection of Peggy Guggenheim, niece of collector Salomon Guggenheim. She amassed a fabulous collection of contemporary paintings and sculpture (most of which are surrealist works and pieces from the Dada movement) in which feature major works by many of the big names of 20C art. Sculpture garden with pieces by Jean Arp, Germaine Richier and Henry Moore. Not to be missed!
Designed by Lorenzo Boschetti in 1749, this palace remained unfinished following the change of fortunes of its owners, the Venier family. Only the ground floor with its bossages was built. Even though unfinished, what stands proved to be charming enough for Peggy Guggenheim to choose it as her home! Nowadays the palace houses the Collection of its founder.
Using rafts(zattere), floating timber was unloaded onto these quays. This is where the promenade along Giudecca canal gets its name. From here you will get a great view of the buildings on the island with the same name (beyond the canal) such as the Church of the Redeemer. On the same quay, there are old salt warehouses, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the old hospital of the Incurables, and many cafes. Try the delicious local ice cream while waiting for the vaporetto!
The beauty of San Sebastiano church lies primarily in its richly decorated interior, illuminated by superb frescoes by Veronese using a complex palette of contrasting hot and cold colours and light and dark shadows. The ceiling, adorned with trompe l'oeil motifs in imitation of architectural details, features Esther crowned by Ahasuerus, the Triumph of Mordecai and the Repudiation of Vasti.
Campo Santa Margherita is one of the liveliest squares of Venice. During the day, it is steeped in the sleepy charm of a village square with its poplar trees, half-closed shutters and washing hanging out to dry. But come evening time, the campo is transformed into a student hotspot (the university is just two minutes away in the 15C Ca'Foscari). Definitely THE place to be after sunset!
The scuole, of which there were up to 400 in Venice, were secular confraternities devoted to works of charity and worship. They were located in magnificent palaces decorated by famous artists. In the Dorsoduro district, the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, designed by Longhena, possesses several masterpieces, including a Madonna appearing to Saint Simon Stock, to whom she gives the scapular (habit), by Tiepolo.