Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice

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Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice

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?

It’s Authentic

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.

Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice
During the day…
Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice
…and the same spot by nightfall.


It’s Cheaper

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.

Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice
The view from our apartment balcony


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!

Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice
Me dining at OKE Pizzeria


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.

Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice

Area Attractions

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.

Why You Should Stay in Dorsoduro Venice

When we eventually return, we’ll definitely be staying in Dorsoduro Venice. We highly recommend that you stay there, too.


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10 Responses

  1. Hung Thai
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    Very nice. We didn’t stay in this part of Venice when we were there (we were in the more touristy area) but the best part of our trip was walking around the small walkways away from the crowds. The food was also better and the service better because there were less people around.

  2. The very first time I visited Venice was with a bus tour, and we stayed on the mainland. I was so disappointed not to have me dream Venezian apartment experience. So when I returned a few years ago, I made sure my dream came true. We were in a different section than Dorsoduro, but I also enjoyed seeing residents, not just tourists. There’s so much that I still haven’t done there that I think a 3rd trip is warranted, and I’ll keep your lodging suggestion in mind.

  3. Lyn - A Hole in my Shoe
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    I love the look of this area, but have to say I’ve never heard of it. Like you, we often opt to stay away from the high tourist areas and stay where it is more authentic to the local lifestyle.

  4. Suzanne (Philatravelgirl)
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    Yes I discovered this sleepy gem last May – I stayed in a guesthouse for €100 during the Vogalongo weekend. I loved all of the art galleries, fashion atudios/boutiques and cute local cafes/restaurants. It was quiet and less crowded which was nice. I would stay here again

  5. Corinne
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    I love, love, love traveling around Venice and yes, it’s great to have a plan before you go!

  6. Kerri
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    Still remember Venice vividly. Haven’t been for a few years but this post brings all the memories back.

  7. Ruth - Tanama Tales
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    Looks like a perfect spot to stay. Looking at the map you posted, I can say this are is very close to the actual city center. Plus, I love to walk around a city and observe the locals.

  8. David
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    Nice post, Never been to Venice. Lina has but not with me, this summer will be the first time and thanks for the great info. Travel On!

  9. Kathy
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    Can you give me the contact of Warm Hospitality Apartments?

    • Lauren
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      Hi Kathy! You can book the apartment here. Enjoy – it’s an amazing property!

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