Hotels in Dorsoduro
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The district of
Dorsoduro is the
southernmost sestiere of Venice. In the photo above, it starts
at the cruise port on the west and runs
north almost to the Piazzale Roma
(just below the words "Santa Croce"). It continues past the
Ponte dell'Accademia to the
Punta della Dogana, the pointed
tip of the land mass that separates the sharply curved Grand Canal from the
larger Giudecca canal just west of the Piazza San Marco.
Techically, Dorsoduro includes the
island of La Giudecca (near the bottom
of the photo), although most Venetians treat Giudecca as a separate entity.
When selecting a hotel in Dorsoduro, you'll normally want to
focus on three areas, depending on your travel requirements:
The Piazzale Roma
and environs, for quick access to
land taxis, the Santa Lucia
(just to the north of Piazzale Roma), and the Marittima cruise basin.
San Basilio and the Zattere (Dorsoduro's long waterfront promenade) if you're
arriving or departing by ship from the San Basilio pier.
Eastern Dorsoduro (the
sestiere's upscale museum and gallery quarter), which is accessible
via the Accademia Bridge from San Marco, the Accademia
and the Zattere waterbus and
Alilaguna airport boat piers. Some of the hotels in this area
(especially on the Rio Terà Foscarani) are also fairly
convenient to the San Basilio pier.
La Giudecca may be worth considering if you
want to be away from high-season tourist crowds and don't mind
taking a hotel boat or water bus to the city center.