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Things to do in Dorsoduro

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Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

1. Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

See the beautiful attractions of Venice on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Cross the network of canals using the small bridges and narrow lanes of the historic Rialto, San Marco and Cannaregio districts.  Discover the site of the old trade center from the days of the Venetian Empire. Pass the former home of the explorer Marco Polo and learn how he built trade agreements with China providing an important link between the East and West. See the impressive church of San Pantalon in the Dorsoduro district. Continue to the large Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, where the painter Titian is buried. Enter the narrow square of the Campo San Bartolomeo, and continue to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges are buried. End on St. Mark's Square and admire St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

2. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

3. Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

Meet your guide under the Ponte della Costituzione bridge. Explore the alleys of the Dorsoduro district on a group walking tour. Sample the delicious foods and wines Venice has to offer as you learn about the culture, history, and daily life of Venetians from your local guide. Start with a prosecco toast. Try real regional prosecco and find out more about this world-famous drink. Sample some tasty treats that pair beautifully with your drink. Next, stop for a spritz unlike any you've tried before. The real Venetian spritz doesn't contain Aperol or Campari. Learn its secrets as you enjoy an unfiltered Venetian experience. Pair your drinks with tasty local delicacies such as baccalà, mantecato, and sarde and discover local dishes that most tourists don't know about. At the third stop, enjoy another glass of local wine before rounding off your tour with dessert and grappa.

Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

4. Venice: Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

Dive into Dorsoduro, Venice's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out local points of interest such as Palazzo Zenobio degli Armeni and San Giorgio Island. Admire local street ar and spot some hidden architectural gems. See and learn about the lesser-known areas of Venice. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

5. Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

Discover all the six Sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice and satisfy your sweet tooth on this tasty tour. Walk over dozens of picturesque bridges powered by espresso, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu. Stop in local bakeries and taste top quality pastries in historical cafés featuring ornate baroque mirrors. Be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits and try fresh Italian espresso.

Venice: Dorsoduro and San Polo District Private Walking Tour

6. Venice: Dorsoduro and San Polo District Private Walking Tour

Walking guided tour to reach beautiful churches surrounded by typical Venetian atmospheres, along calli and little campos. In San Trovaso square there is an unusual wooden structure that is similar to the house of the local mountain area. This was an old dwelling for the workers of the squero, a small shipyard for making gondolas. It dates back to the 17th century and since then it has always been in operation. The walk continues to visit one of the oldest churches in Venice: San Nicolò dei Mendicoli. It was founded by “patavini” (inhabitants of Padua), who lived in the islands of the lagoon in the 7th century to escape the Lombard invasion. Campo Santa Margherita, a picturesque countryside surrounded by old 14th century palaces and the little church of Santa Margherita, which is today a university auditorium. Continue to San Rocco School located in the countryside bearing the same name. It was founded in 1478 as a charitable institution. The present building was started in 1489 and finished in the 16th. It is famous for a series of paintings by Tintoretto that adorn the rooms. Next to the school there is the church, which is also dedicated to San Rocco. Continue to Scuola Grande di S. Giovanni Evangelista (Confraternity): this confraternity was founded in 1307. The headquarters was built in the 15th century and in 1481 the Bottega dei Lombardi built the impressive gateway in Renaissance style. In 1512 Mauro Codusi rebuilt the great internal staircase. After the school was suppressed by the Napoleonic edicts of 1806 it was acquired by private individuals in 1856 and since then it is still a confraternity today. End of the tour: Campo San Tomà. The tour takes 2 hours with the possibility of stopping for a café or a glass of wine. Itinerary: San Trovaso, San Sebastiano, San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, Campo Santa Margherita, San Rocco, San Giovanni Evangelista, Campo San Tomà.

Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

7. Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Take in the 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square. Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the maze of streets. Visit the many intriguing corners of Venice at your own pace. The itinerary: - Rialto and San Marco areas - Jewish Ghetto and Canareggio area - Arsenale and Castello area, where Venice’s myth was built - From the imposing Frari Basilica to the Rialto Bridge and S. Croce Area - Dorsoduro area and Punta della Dogana The mobile app has a map which guides you anytime, letting you decide the pace of your visit as you listen to the automatic audio-narration on the city’s panoramic highlights. On the device see the text of the description under the picture of the attractions.

Private Venice Art Tour: The Colours of the Floating City

8. Private Venice Art Tour: The Colours of the Floating City

You probably know Venice, the spectacular floating world of canals and islands, as a city of water. But that’s not its only claim to fame: the city known as La Serenissima is also one of the world’s greatest cities of art. From Bellini to Titian, Tintoretto to Veronese, Venice’s remarkable art scene is rivalled only by Florence for its influence on the development of Renaissance culture. And it’s everywhere – in Venice the story of art is an indelible part of city life, woven into the urban fabric in the shape of countless palaces and churches, meeting halls and museums. Inspired by the stunningly vibrant environment all around them, Venetian painters were beguiled by the unpredictable charms of colour, and our Venice Art Tour is the perfect introduction to the unique expressiveness of Venetian art. Join us to come face-to-face with some of the greatest masterpieces ever painted, and in the company of one of our expert guides learn how art has shaped the city in unforgettable locations often overlooked by tour itineraries. The magnificent Accademia is one of the world’s premier art galleries, home to Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man amongst other highlights by all the biggest names in Venetian art. In the Basilica dei Frari we’ll wander around Venice’s most spectacular church, adorned with masterpieces by Titian, Bellini, Donatello and others. Finally, discover why the Scuola di San Rocco is known as Tintoretto’s Sistine Chapel for good reason – over the course of 20 years the master adorned the Scuola with 60 massive paintings that showcase the genius of Venetian art like nowhere else. And that’s not all: this special itinerary weaves through the narrow streets and canals of one of Venice’s most charming districts, Dorsoduro. Along the route we’ll come across a wonderful array of hidden churches and palaces, like the spectacular Ca’ Rezzonico perched on the waters of the Grand Canal. The brilliant colours of this vibrant Venetian landscape seem to be lifted straight from the amazing paintings we’ll encounter on this tour. In Venice, life imitates art - experience it for yourself! Classic sights included in our itinerary: The Accademia Gallery The Scuola di San Rocco The Basilica dei Frari

Venice: Hidden Gems Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Venice: Hidden Gems Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore an exciting new side of Venice that is usually only experienced by citizens. Get ready to see unique and historical parts of Venice off the beaten tourist track on this guided walking tour. Enjoy the expertise of a local guide while exploring the city. Start the tour in the beautiful Piazza San Marco, where you will meet your guide and begin to explore the city. Move on to Campo Santa Margherita, and explore the area, always full of youth and culture. Let your guide show you the most authentic places in Venice. Experience the historical area of Dorsoduro, absorb the historical beauty as well as the lively contemporary atmosphere in the space, and admire the Squero. Discover the secret corners of Venice on this tour and explore the less touristy areas of the city to avoid the crowds and see authentic areas of this wonderful city. Wander through streets and squares with your experienced guide.

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What people are saying about Dorsoduro

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Such a FANTASTIC way to experience Venice! Delicious regional food and cultural experience. Our guide, Anna, was very informative about Venice and the foods we sampled. Food tours are always on my "must do" list when I travel because we get a lot of varied samples of local foods and we get history and cultural information as well. This tour met all our expectations. Don't miss it!

Carolina was a perfect guide through the streets of Venice: friendly, enthusiastic and informative. The tour was a great blend of less popular, hidden places and the most famous tourist attractions.

ANA was excellent! I like her matter of fact Food tour. She explained and recommended all the good Cichetti's. There was 4 stops total and you had choices in every stop.

Thanks so much to Vanessa for her attention to detail and enthusiasm. Will recommend to a friend.

Wonderful tour, fantastic and very enthusiastic guide!