Day Tour

Dorsoduro: From Gondolas to Contemporary Art (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2019

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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The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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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: 14 Aug 2018

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By: Shari

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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