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Top Choice Gallery in Dorsoduro

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Venice's historic gallery traces the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries, with works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto, among others. The former Santa Maria della Carità …
Top Choice Museum in Dorsoduro

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

After losing her father on the Titanic, heiress Peggy Guggenheim became one of the great collectors of the 20th century. Her palatial canal-side home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, showcases her stockpile of surrealist,…
Top Choice Basilica in Dorsoduro

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Guarding the entrance to the Grand Canal, this 17th-century domed church was commissioned by Venice’s plague survivors as thanks for their salvation. Baldassare Longhena's uplifting design is an engineering feat tha…
Top Choice Venetian in Dorsoduro

Estro

Estro is anything you want it to be: wine bar, aperitivo pit stop, or sit-down degustation restaurant. The 500 wines – all of them naturally processed – are chosen by young-gun owners Alberto and Dario, whose passio…
Top Choice Glass in Dorsoduro

Marina e Susanna Sent

Wearable waterfalls and soap-bubble necklaces are Venice style signatures, thanks to the Murano-born Sent sisters. Defying centuries-old beliefs that women can't handle molten glass, their minimalist art-glass state…
Top Choice Pastries in Dorsoduro

Pasticceria Tonolo

Long, skinny Tonolo is the stuff of local legend, a fact confirmed by the never-ending queue of customers. Ditch packaged B&B croissants for flaky apfelstrudel (apple pastry), velvety bignè al zabaione (marsala …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Dorsoduro

Paolo Olbi

Thoughts worth committing to paper deserve Paolo Olbi’s keepsake books, albums and stationery, whose fans include Hollywood actors and NYC mayors (ask to see the guestbook). Ordinary journals can't compare to Olbi o…
Top Choice Museum in Dorsoduro

Ca' Rezzonico

Baroque dreams come true at Baldassare Longhena's Grand Canal palace, where a marble staircase leads to gilded ballrooms, frescoed salons and sumptuous boudoirs. Giambattista Tiepolo's Throne Room ceiling is a maste…
Top Choice Bar in Dorsoduro

Cantinone Già Schiavi

Regulars gamely pass along orders to timid newcomers, who might otherwise miss out on smoked swordfish cicheti (bar snacks) with top-notch house Soave, or pallottoline (mini-bottles of beer) with generous sopressa (…
Top Choice Museum in San Marco

Palazzo Ducale

This grand Gothic palace was the Doge's official residence from the 9th century, and seat of the Venetian Republic's government (and prisons) for nearly seven centuries. The Doge's Apartments are on the 1st floor, b…