Giudecca

Marvel at panoramic views of central Venice from the comfort of Giudecca's quiet island environment.

Giudecca has reclaimed the prestige it enjoyed pre-WWII, perhaps now with a little less pomp. Directly south of Venice’s central islands, this thin wisp of land makes a strong impression. Surrounded by sea on all sides, Giudecca blends the history of its famous church, Il Redentore, with the simplicity of its clotheline-strung apartments. Better yet, you can marvel at central Venice from the banks of Giudecca without having to battle the crowds.

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On the Map

Giudecca is bordered by Dorsoduro/Accademia

  • Public transit is Easy

Marco Polo Airport: 60 minutes by vaporetto and bus without traffic
Piazzale Roma Bus Station: 20 minutes by vaporetto
Santa Lucia Train Station: 20 minutes by vaporetto
Piazza San Marco: 10 minutes by vaporetto
Arsenale/Venice Biennale: 12 minutes by vaporetto
Giardini/Venice Biennale: 15 minutes by vaporetto

An Island Away from the Clamor of Central Venice

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Sanguinely resting south of central Venice, Giudecca's shores offer picture-perfect views of St. Mark's steeple and its surrounding environs.

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A certain gentleness permeates Giudecca's four islands. Residential apartments skirt inner-courtyards where working residents gather after dark.

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Girardini Giudecca

Its populace still prides itself on its relationship to the sea.

Girardini Giudecca

In this neighborhood, residents prefer to refer to themselves as Giudeccans rather than Venetians.

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Girardini Giudecca

It's easy to understand their pride.

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Walkways trace the canals that weave through Giudecca.

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Girardini Giudecca

They follow the island's shoreline.

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They meander past buoyant homes.

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They pause at public play spaces.

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Girardini Giudecca
Girardini Giudecca
Girardini Giudecca

Ultimately, its walkways lead to ferries ready to take you to new shores.

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The island of Giudecca is very quiet and romantic. It is very relaxing and enjoyable, that there life mostly local Venetians and that is has a few 'normal' shops to buy fruits, fresh ham or a bottle of wine. As well there are few nice places to eat or have a coffee directly at the water with a great view on the other islands."

Nadine

Visited in 2012

Giudecca's Monumental Prestige

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Palladio's Il Redentore remains one of Venice's most distinguished churches. Erected in the 16th century, it still commands crowds.

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Girardini Giudecca

In mid-July, Il Redentore hosts an annual celebration commemorating the end of the plague of 1576. Fireworks commence the spectacle as barges join together to form a floating bridge from Giudecca to central Venice.

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Affectionately termed Tre Oci, or Three Eyes, this tri-windowed exhibition center stands in stark contrast to the basilican pursuits of Palladio's Il Redentore and San Giorgio Maggiore.

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Girardini Giudecca
Girardini Giudecca

By nightfall, Palladio's church squares emanate a celestial glow.

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The island became an industrial area in the early twentieth century with shipyards and factories in addition to a film studio. Much of the industry went into decline after World War II, but it is now once more regarded as an exclusive residential area."

Dining on the Island

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Giudecca's quiet-island character makes for few cafes and bars.

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Giudeccans make the most of them.

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Girardini Giudecca

Lined up along Giudecca's own zattere, locals feast on typical cichetti and fresh-from-the-vessel seafood.

The View of Venice from Giudecca's Quiet Banks

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On Giudecca, you'll never feel too far removed from central Venice.

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Girardini Giudecca

Walk along its northern shore and the skyline of San Marco and Dorsoduro walk along it with you.

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Wherever you go, there it is.

Girardini Giudecca

Wherever you go, there you are.

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 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.

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