Food and Art
Things to do in and around the Dorsoduro
Wander. Get lost. Eat. The Dorsoduro has many little discoveries you don’t need a tour guide for. When you walk across to the end of the island you look across at La Giudecca on the southern lagoon; an incredible view. Walk along the water and take in the views. Stop and eat or have an aperitif and an antipasto at one of the many restaurants that dot the shoreline. I stopped at Caffe La Piscina (www.lacalcina.com) and had amazing pesce misto bruschetta; mixed fish. And the view from the restaurant…. Well, you can see for yourself.
At the furthest tip of the Dorsoduro, beyond the church, Santa Maria della Salute, is the newest art museum called Punta della Dogana. Part of Palazzo Grassi, the building itself is a renovated palazzo that alone justifies the price of admission (7 euros). But the art is worth seeing, as well. While the Palazzo Grassi houses older, Renaissance art, this museum showcases modern art and much of it is political and disturbing. Pieces such as this soccor (futbol) game are thought- provoking and a contrast to the art that you find all over Venice.
The naked statue holding a giant frog is a conversation starter outside the museum.