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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 airport buses, land taxis, the Santa Lucia railroad station (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 waterbus stop, 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.

Aerial Venice Hotels by district:
Cannaregio San Marco
Castello San Polo
Dorsoduro Santa Croce

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