Dorsoduro

 

 

What to see…

  1. Santa Maria de la Salute, a masterpiece of the Italian Baroque: the church was commissioned by the Venetian Senate as a pledge to the Madonna for a prompt end to the plague, which was devastating the city (1630).
  2. Chiesa di San Sebastiano, an iconic unknown church far from crowded areas.
  3. Chiesa di San Nicolò dei Mendicoli, the word mendicoli says for the Italian word mendicanti (beggars), to mean that this area was mostly inhabited by modest people (mainly fishermen). The porch, which hosted poor women for the night time, was anciently a quite typical feature, but nowadays only this one and another one in San Giacomo di Rialto church are still existing.

 

Where to stop…

  1. Gelateria Da Nico, an artisanal ice cream shop since 1935 and it is still serving its specialty, Gianduiotto: a slice of hazelnut chocolate drowned in a glass of whipped cream. Eat it as you stroll along the Fondamenta Zattere, the best Venetian promenade.
  2. Osteria Al Squero is the typical bàcaro! You can stop here to taste a glass of Prosecco and deliciuos cicchetti, small snacks topped with baccalà mantecato, local salami, pumpkin cream and smoked cheese…
  3. Osteria Ponte dei Pugni, a vibrant Venetian bàcaro with a wonderful wine list, live music and helpful staff!