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Dorsoduro District

The Sestiere of Dorsoduro got its name form the characteristic morphology of  the island were it was built, this side of the city was less swampy and had an harder surface, in Venetian Dorso duro (hard back). At the moment it counts about 15.000 inhabitants including also Giudecca and Sacca Fisola island (both part of the quarter). It is partially washed by the Canal Grande and Canale della Giudecca and border with San Polo sestiere and Santa Croce, it is linked with Saint Mark’ s quarter by the Accademia bridge.

Its history had begun by the Mendrigola island and it is even older than Rialto one, all other islands composing the quarter were colonized successively and arrives until punta della dogana (once the custom of the city)
This sestiere is rich of churches and museums as well the Ca’ foscari university main site. It’s a quite lively and popular quarter, were the streets of Tourists and Venetians cross each other in perfect harmony.

Ca’ Rezzonico is one of the few palaces on the Canal Grande opened to visitors. Since 1934 it is the site of the XVIII century museum. Its rooms are decorated with paintings and frescos took from other palaces of the City.

Campo Santa Margherita, surrounded of houses from the XIV and XV century, is a very well known meeting point of the Dorsoduro District area. 

It stands majestic reflecting its shadow onto the Grand Canal and Saint Mark's Basin just a few steps from Punta della Dogana, in Dorsoduro

The Church is the fulcrum of the Redentore's feast, celebrated on the third Saturday of July, all citizens are involved (in memory of a plague that killed a third of the population in 1557).

The Island can be admired from Riva degli Schiavoni, in Saint Mark’s. It is separated from the island of Giudecca from the Canale delle Grazie and the only way to reach it is by public water boat or a taxi boat.

The present Church has been consacrated in 1562, the project is by Antonio Abbondi(1506) and the building ended in 1548. It is on the Sestiere of Dorsoduro and it faces the homonymous canal.

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