Destination guide

Adventures await in Dorsoduro

Venice's historic center is known for its winding canals, charming walkable streets and wealth of attractions and the district of Dorsoduro is a fantastic spot to experience it all. There's a university here, so the area has a fresh, young vibe, with restored galleries and vintage boutiques, but the historic threads still run strong, preserved in grandiose old churches and waterfront palaces. Once you discover your perfect Dorsoduro vacation rental, you'll find all kinds of adventures await, be it hitting the museums in search of Venetian art or jetting off on boat rides for beach days on nearby islets.

Things to do

Hunting for art in Dorsoduro

A stay in Dorsoduro would not be complete without a visit to some of the amazing art museums scattered around the university district. The Gallerie dell'Accademia is the place to go for pre-19th-century pieces from some of the greats, including artists from the Renaissance, Byzantine and Gothic eras. For more modern works from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and more, take a tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, housed in an 18th-century palace on the Grand Canal. There's a sculpture garden just outside the museum that is sure to entertain even the youngest visitors and a shop where you can purchase poster versions of famous artworks to take home.

Activities

Seeing the sights in Dorsoduro

The streets of Dorsoduro are lined with amazing historic structures that demand to be explored on self-guided walking tours around the district. Start at the entrance to the Grand Canal to snap photos in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a 17th-century church with a towering white dome. From here, explore the alleyways and bridges around the district and stumble upon haunted palaces, frescoed churches and art galleries housed in old warehouses. If you're fortunate enough to secure one of the many available Dorsoduro vacation rentals here, you'll find yourself just steps away from storied streets full of treasures.

Weather

Warm days in Dorsoduro

The spring and fall months are a lovely time to take long, leisurely strolls along the canals of Dorsoduro. Daytime temperatures rise into the pleasant 70s and evenings cool off in time for al fresco dinners at sidewalk cafes, watching the sunset reflect its pink hues over the water. Summer remains a popular choice for travelers thanks to the warm, clear days that call for boat excursions around the islands and afternoon stops at the gelato shop. Visiting in the busier season? Be sure to book your Dorsoduro vacation rental early to secure your ideal dates.

Natural features

Boat rides and beaches in Dorsoduro

Like many parts of Venice's historic center, the streets of Dorsoduro are compact, but luckily, the island city has some spots for spreading out and getting back to nature just a short boat ride away. Lido di Venezia is a popular area for locals and tourists alike. Head here to hang out on the beach, enjoy the summer sun or go for a swim in the Adriatic Sea. Shore birds keep you company as you stretch out on the sand and puffins can sometimes be seen feeding on the quieter southern end of the islet so have your camera ready to capture the scene.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Dorsoduro

The nearest airport is in Venice (VCE-Marco Polo), located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Treviso (TSF), which is 16.4 mi (26.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Dorsoduro?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,446 vacation rentals near Dorsoduro. From 1,251 Condos/Apartments to 144 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dorsoduro for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dorsoduro?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dorsoduro:

  • San Marco: 1,540 vacation rentals
  • Cannaregio: 1,531 vacation rentals
  • Castello: 1,280 vacation rentals
  • Santa Croce: 1,353 vacation rentals
  • Mestre: 1,653 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dorsoduro?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dorsoduro. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Zattere: 3,214 vacation rentals
  • Venice-Mestre Station: 3,314 vacation rentals
  • St. Mark's Square: 3,198 vacation rentals
  • Rialto Bridge: 3,241 vacation rentals
  • Venice Santa Lucia Station: 3,224 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dorsoduro listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Dorsoduro?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,251 Condos/Apartments in Dorsoduro. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dorsoduro include:

  • Houses: 144 rentals available
  • Studios: 1,258 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dorsoduro?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Dorsoduro. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.