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Punta della Dogana

The Punta della Dogana is at the tip of Dorsoduro, one of Venice's six sestieri or districts. It's the site of the Dogana di Mare, Venice's 17th Century Customs House, which now houses a museum of contemporary art.

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  • In the top image, you can see the Punta della Dogana at the junction of the Grand Canal (the waterway in the center of the photo), the Giudecca Canal (bottom), and St. Mark's Basin (below the Piazza San Marco, the Piazzetta, and the Doge's Palace). The island church of San Giorgio Maggiore is barely visible on the right side of the picture.

  • The center photo shows the Fondamenta Zattere ai Saloni below the Dogana di Mare. (The Zattere is a waterfront promenade that runs along the north side of the Giudecca Canal from the San Basilio cruise terminal to Punta della Dogana.)

  • In the third picture, you can see the Baroque façade of the Dogana di Mare with its signature gilded globe and a weathervane that features a bronze sculpture of the goddess Fortuna.

  • Tip: If you zoom in on the top image, you'll see the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice's best-known museum of modern art.)  Close to the Salute  is the five-star Centurion Palace Hotel, a beautifully renovated palazzo facing the Grand Canal.

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