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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
The Basilica of the Salute means health, the health hoped for by all Venetians when they raised this basilica in 1630 to ward off a plague epidemic. But it also represents the salvation of their souls, because you never know. Baldassare Longhena was placed at the head of the construction work to build this always venerated church, and especially so on the 21st of November, when Venetians commemorate the end of the epidemic. This imposing building crowned with an immense white dome topped by a statue of the Virgin, is even more impressive because of the gigantic staircase leading up to it and the multitude of statues that decorate the building's exterior. Dictated by the main cupola, the floor plan consists of a central area surrounded by six chapels. A polychrome marble floor leads to the center of the building, with five roses evocative of a rosary. The interior is solemn. The Mesoponditissa (an icon brought from Crete known as the Madonna of the Salvation) is the central piece, crowned with an allegorical group representing Venice freed from the Plague (by the Flemish artist Justin the Short), and the interior is strikingly cold. The Sacristy has several works of art: theatrical theme works Wedding of Cana by Tintoretto capture the attention of the visitors who should not miss the two works by Palma, the altarpieces by Luca Giordano and, on the ceiling, paintings by Titian that create a dramatic atmosphere.
At one end of the Dorsoduro quarter, jutting out (as if a prow) towards the basin at Saint Marc, this 17C building, built by Giuseppe Benoni, is topped by a mobile statue, an allegory of Fortune enthroned on a golden globe held up by two statues of Atlas: the Port Authority, once a customs office and the first building through which merchandise coming via the sea had to transit.
Niece of the American millionaire and collector Salomon Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) became the owner of the Venier dei Leoni Palace after the war, and lived there until her death, with her beloved babies, fierce little doggies buried in the palace's garden next to their mistress. The wife of Max Ernst, Peggy Guggenheim put together a fabulous collection of modern and contemporary art. There is only the very best, and each artist is represented by one or two paintings, which you probably are familiar with thanks to all the reproductions made of them! In the nicely shaded garden, in the back of the palace, are several sculptures: Richier, Zadkine, Marino Marini, Brancusi, Moore, Calder, among others. Paintings make up the best-known work of the Dada Movement and Surrealism: Ernst, Klee, Magritte, Dali, De Chirico, Miro, Picasso along with Braque, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Pollock, Balla and Vasarely. A delightful little terrace on the Grand Canal adds more charm to this divine place... So divine, you probably wouldn't mind being buried here yourself... not too soon, of course!
Designed by Lorenzo Boschetti in 1749, this palace remained unfinished following the change of fortune of the people who ordered it, the Venier family. Only the ground floor with its bossages was built. Even though unfinished, what is here is quite charming because Peggy Guggenheim chose it as her own home!
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!
This church has a very complex floor plan and a very rich decor: a painting by Titian, a funerary monument by Sansovino, a bust marking the location of Veronese's tomb, who dedicated large portion of his life to painting superb frescoes for this church, under the orders of a monk and friend, who gave the artist free reign in terms of artistic expression... which did cause a few problems later own with the Holy Inquisition and its finicky ways! But the final result is magnificent.
This is an immense square in the Dorsoduro quarter. In the center are Furrier School and the truncated bell tower of the Church of Saint Margaret. Cafes, shops (masks, wooden objects), a market animate this vast "campo" reminiscent of the working-class neighborhoods of another time. An interesting fact: a long time ago a rio della Scoarezza (scoarezza meaning waste dump) used to come by ere. Imagine the smell! Not the best place to build one's palace!
The two facades of the "scuola", one facing the campo S. Margherita, and the other the campo of the Carmelite Sisters, were designed by Longhera (1598-1682). Inside the school is a series of paintings by Tiepolo painted between 1739 and 1744. The Hall of the hospice, once used as shelter for pilgrims and the poor, has a painting on the ceiling by Padovino, and a painting by Piazzetta, Judith and Holofernes.