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Salute (Dorsoduro)

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.

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Basilica of the Salute (Holy Mary of Health)   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Campo della Salute 30123 Venezia
Religious buildings

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.


Dogana da Mar  

Fondamenta della Salute 30123 Venezia
Architecture, castles and historic districts

At the far end of the Dorsoduro quarter, jutting out prow-like towards the Bacino di San Marco, this 17C building built by Giuseppe Benoni is topped by a moving statue, an allegory of Fortune on a golden globe held up by two Atlases: this is the Dogana da Mar, previously the customs office and the first building through which all seaborne merchandise had to pass. Japanese architect Tadao Ando has remodelled the building to house the Pinault contemporary art collection.


Peggy Guggenheim Collection   Worth a detour Worth a detour

calle S. - Gregorio 701 30123 Venezia
Museums and art

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 Giacometti, Germaine Richier and Henry Moore. Not to be missed!


Venier dei Leoni Palace  

calle S. - Gregorio 701 30123 Venezia
Architecture, castles and historic districts

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!


Zattere   Interesting

Fondamenta delle Zattere 30123 Venezia
Architecture, castles and historic districts

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!


Church of San Sebastiano   Worth a detour Worth a detour

Campo di S. - Sebastiano 30123 Venezia
Religious buildings

This church has a complex layout and a very rich decor. Note the painting by Titian and a funerary monument by Sansovino. There is a bust marking the location of Veronese's tomb - who dedicated a large portion of his life to painting superb frescoes for this church.


Campo Santa Marherita  

Campo S. - Margherita 30123 Venezia
Architecture, castles and historic districts

This huge yet welcoming square is seductively animated, with cafe terraces, ice cream vendors, shops and regular markets. At the left hand end of the square stands the Scuola Grande dei Carmini.


Scuola Grande dei Carmini   Interesting

Campo S. - Margherita 30123 Venezia
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The two façades of the "scuola", one facing Campo Santa Margherita, the other the Campo dei Carmini, were designed by Longhena (1598-1682). Inside is a series of paintings by Tiepolo executed between 1739 and 1744. The hall of the hospice, once used as shelter for pilgrims and the poor, has a painted ceiling by Padovino, and a painting by Piazzetta, Judith and Holofernes.

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