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Walk from San Trovaso, along Zattere to University Iuav

Overall distance: Approx. 1,8 km

The sestiere of Dorsoduro, whose name derives from the Italian word for "hard ridge", is an area of higher and more stable land in the Venetian Lagoon. The district also encompasses Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola.

Dorsoduro is home to some of the most important art institutions in Venice, such as the Accademia, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (see our tour along the Canal Grande).

This walk goes through less frequented neighborhoods, starting at the Ponte Longo over Rio di San Trovaso on Fondamenta Zattere. It guides to interesting art institutions which offer an exhibition program throughout the year, and historical places often used for temporary shows, in particular during the editions of the Venice Biennale. The way goes also to the famous Chiesa di San Sebastiano, notable for its cycle of paintings by Paolo Veronese, and passing by the Chiesa Angelo Raffaele to Fondamenta Pescheria, it ends at one of the main venues of the Università Iuav di Venezia, in a former cotton spinning mill.

Some highlights in this tour

Squero di San Trovaso
Boatyard, established in the 17th century

CFZ Ca' Foscari Zattere
Cultural center and library of the Università Ca’ Foscari

V-A-C Foundation Venice
Art center at the Palazzo delle Zattere

Fondamenta delle Zattere
Beautiful waterside promenade at the Giudecca Canal

Chiesa di San Sebastiano
Remarkable paintings by Paolo Veronese, 16th century

Università Iuav di Venezia - Sedi Cotonificio
One of the main veues of the Istituto Universitario di Architettura.

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