Dorsoduro/Accademia

In Dorsoduro, dangling your feet and contemplating powerful art is all in a day's work.

Looking out across Venice’s canals with feet dangling over stone quays is a daily pursuit in Dorsoduro/Accademia. Encompassing the Giudecca Canal and separated from San Marco and the heart of Venice by the Grand Canal, Dorsoduro stays busy without feeling overwhelming. Culture is key in this local-laden, unflashy neighborhood—Gothic style churches commingle with renowned art institutions like the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the art-school-turned-museum, Gallerie dell’Accademia.

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On the Map

Dorsoduro/Accademia is bordered by San Polo, San Marco, Giudecca, Santa Croce, and Cannaregio

Marco Polo Airport: 30 minutes by bus without traffic
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: It's a short walk away
Santa Lucia Train Station: It's walkable
Piazza San Marco: 10 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 20 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 23 minutes by vaporetto

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Laid-Back Lifestyle Near the Grand Canal

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Dorsoduro unites Venetians, tourists, and university students. It's easy to meet up in the neighborhood's central square, Campo Santa Margherita. Here, cafes define themselves by hue: there's Orange Bar, Blue Bar, Red Bar, and Noir Bar.

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Passionate philosophers and impassioned professors often dine together at the campo's color-coded bars and cafes while cooks venture to its outdoor fish market.

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They also gather along Fondamenta delle Zattere, where a canal-side seascape and views of Giudecca island await their gaze.

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Like a typical university neighborhood, Dorsoduro lives laid-back.

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The neighborhood is home to one of the four bridges that spans Venice's Grand Canal.

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Ponte dell'Accademia connects Dorsoduro with Venice's lively center, San Marco.

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Mostly, Dorsoduro remains decidedly down-to-earth.

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Benches invite occupants.

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Basketball courts await competition.

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Boats bob along canals.

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Shipshape.

Loads of arty boutiques and great restaurants in the area and it feels a little way off the (most) beaten track. Yet it's just around the corner from the Ponte dell'Accademia which means that getting to the more touristy parts of town is easy."
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Francesca

Visited in 2012

The Home of Venice's Art Scene

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Despite its small size, Venice boasts numerous distinguished sites and museums. The Guggenheim of Venice calls Dorsoduro home.

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Universities create their own collections and contemporary art spaces occupy little corners.

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Towards the neighborhood's south shore, Dorsoduro develops industrial undertones.

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Ships and cruises arrive along La Marittima, Dorsorduro's coastal port.

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Standing proudly at southeast end of the neighborhood, Dorsoduro's Salute Church hosts an annual festival every November. Here, Christmas arrives early.

Everyday Dorsoduro: Intimate Spaces and Local Feel

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The farther you venture from the Grand Canal, the farther you venture into real Venetian living.

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Undershirts flutter in the breeze, shadows shrink between alleyways, and curators lead discussions in personal galleries.

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Trash collectors, loom operators, and bookkeepers stay busy.

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A university favorite, Cafe Rosso provides professors and students with food for thought.

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Floating market places sell fresh vegetables.

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Creativity requires sustenance.

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Keep creating.

Nightlife In Dorsoduro

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No matter where you venture, Venice's nightlife remains mostly serene.

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Dorsoduro's students, tourists, and locals generally gravitate to different bars in Campo Santa Margherita.

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University coeds relax at the Rosso, Venetian people often end up at the Orange Bar, and tourists travel to the Blue Bar.

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Whichever cafe you choose, you'll most likely end up snacking on cichetti and trading conversation.

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Until morning, Dorsoduro.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Luca Girardini

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Luca Girardini is a freelance photographer based in Venice, Italy. He turned to photography after studying architecture at university and specialises in architectural and interior design photography. His personal work explores the contemporary landscape. Luca photographed Venice for Airbnb and set out to capture the real Venice he knows rather than its tourist persona.