Wondering where to stay? Have you heard of Dorsoduro Venice?
With so many choices of hotels, apartments, and Airbnb accommodations, it’s difficult to pick the best place to stay. We’re helping you narrow down your choices to one neighborhood in particular: Dorsoduro Venice. Dorsoduro is one of six sestieri, or boroughs. This region is just south of the main tourist attractions, like Piazza San Marco. So, why should you stay in Dorsoduro?
Not that the rest of Venice isn’t the true, authentic Venice. But, you’ll see fewer tourists here and more of the local residents. It was far less crowded. We saw many people taking their dogs out for walks in the early mornings and evenings. We noticed that everyone liked to dress up their dogs in cute, little coats and sweaters! There were lots of young children playing in the piazzas. Staying in Dorsoduro offered a small glimpse into what daily life was like there.
It costs less to stay and dine here than other spots along the Grand Canal. In Dorsoduro, you can find lovely accommodations and delightful places to enjoy a meal all the same.
We adored our apartment, Giglio at Warm Hospitality Apartments. It was tucked down a narrow alleyway beyond a small bridge and a quaint piazza. The apartment came fully outfitted with a kitchen and a washing machine. It had the best balcony that overlooked a cute courtyard. Furthermore, it was very affordable, especially considering there were so many luxuries.
One of our favorite restaurants, OKE Pizzeria, is in Dorsoduro Venice. The restaurant has a patio with a view of the water. There’s also the option of doing take-out. They use fresh, local, and organic ingredients wherever possible. The staff also pay special attention to dietary needs and allergies. Plus, it tastes delicious!
It’s Still Convenient
There’s vaporetto service all over the city, including a few stops in Dorsoduro. Our apartment was near the Zattere stop. We didn’t find that Dorsoduro was inconvenient at all. After all, we walked all over Venice and took the vaporetto everywhere else. You’re going to do some exploring, whether it’s at the tourist sites or other random areas. At the end of the day, you can hop on a vaporetto and take it back to your hotel or apartment, no matter where it is. As an added bonus, it won’t ever be busy or noisy when you return. In the evening walking back to our apartment, we felt as though we had Venice all to ourselves.
Dorsoduro has many attractions, like museums, churches, and galleries. Though we didn’t end up having time to visit, I’d love to check them out. It really gives us a reason to return to Dorsoduro Venice.
- Gallerie dell’Accademia – A huge art gallery with many pieces by famous Venetian artists, such as Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto.
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection – A modern art gallery with artworks spanning many modern art movements, such as cubism and surrealism. There’s an entire room dedicated to Jackson Pollock.
- Ca’ Rezzonico – A grand palace/museum, on a smaller scale than Doge’s Palace, but still brilliant.
- Church of Santa Maria del Rosario – We never went inside, but this mighty structure greeted us every time we walked from our apartment to the Zattere vaporetto stop.
When we eventually return, we’ll definitely be staying in Dorsoduro Venice. We highly recommend that you stay there, too.
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