in the Dorsoduro district Peggy Guggenheim, the wealthy American heiress and modern art collector, purchased in 1949 Palazzo Venier dei Leoni which became her venetian house for the next thirty years.
Today the building houses the Guggenheim Collection, a museum which displays masterpieces, amongst the most remarkable in the world, of American and Europen Art from the 20th century.
A short path from Dorsoduro461 allows you to relish the magnificent collection of old venetian painters like Titian, Bellini, Giorgione and many others, at the Accademia Galleries.

Strolling around Dorsoduro461

The Zattere Quay (it means Barges), built in the 16th century, is so called because the barges of tree lumbers, floating down the rivers, got up there from the mountains supplying the great need of wood Venice had at that time .
Today the quay offers a sunny promenade (on nice weather…) spotted with coffee shops, restaurants, pizzerias and ice cream bars.
Across the large canal a view of Giudecca Island and the beautiful Palladian church of Redentore.
From Punta della Dogana (old Custom Point) you have an incomparable, amazing wide view on St. Mark and St. George Island.
Nearby you will find the monumental Basilica of S. Maria della Salute. Built in 1630 like thanksgiving at the end of the terrible plague in which almost one third of Venice’s population died. Nowadays, after 400 years, on the 21st of November feast of Our Lady of Healing, the Church fills up with pilgrims who get there through a picturesque bridge made of boats.

 

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