Our neighborhood stroll through Dorsoduro will uncover one of the city's most exciting and intriguing creative neighborhoods. Dorsoduro is home to two of the city's most important art collections, the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, as well as being a lively university district. In addition to being on the cutting edge of contemporary art, Dorsoduro also contains a traditionally Venetian core, best exemplified by characteristic residential squares, like Campo Santa Margherita, which illustrates everyday Venetian life, with its morning food market and outdoor cafes. Should time allow, this walk may also head to the Giudecca, a former working-class suburb that has recently undergone a revamp, turning it into one of the most stylish addresses in the city.
Starting near the iconic Salute church, located at the eastern tip of the district, we will meander the surrounding alleys and piazzas. Our docent will use these areas to explore the characteristic of the neighborhood, as well as delving into the history of the art collections and architecture located here, including lavish palazzos owned by Venetian noble families and wealthy foreigners. Time willing, we will peek into one of the few remaining squeri, traditional gondola workshops in order to learn more about this classic mode of Venetian transportation.
Our visit will also afford us the opportunity to discuss the Giudecca, a small, narrow island easily viewed from a wide boulevard on Dorsoduro known at the Zattere. Well known due to the presence of Palladio's Redentore church, the area has its own unique history as a working class area. To end our time together, we may also visit the university of Ca’ Foscari and the Scuola Grande dei Carmini, housing works by Tiepolo, ending in the social heart of the district, Campo Santa Margherita, and perhaps enjoy the classic pre-meal drink beloved by Venetians, spritz.