Day Tour

Dorsoduro: From Gondolas to Contemporary Art (3 Hours)

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Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

Dorsoduro: From Gondolas to Contemporary Art (3 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



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.

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Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

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Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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By: Rob

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
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By: DHunt

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
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