Discover Dorsoduro. This beautiful and authentic neighborhood is a short walk from everything and a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the swarms of tourists. Cozy and close to St. Mark’s square it is full of many inviting shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for more authenticity, lower prices, and fewer tourists then this is your district.
As is most of Venice this district too is full of interesting landmarks that deserve a separate mention and part of your time but if you’re willing to squeeze all of them maybe you’ll manage to cover most of them in one day and finish up with a bottle of wine in your hand in a spot of your taste (yes drinking in the streets is legal).
Just to mention a few that you definitely need to do in Dorsoduro is: Visit the Squero di San Trovaso, one of the remaining Squeri that still produce gondolas to get a glimpse of this uniquely Venetian art craft. Look for the famous Ca’ Macana mask atelier that produces some of the most impressive Venetian masks. You can even learn how to make your own mask. Marvel the collections of Gallerie dell’Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim House of Art.
Pay a visit to one of the best-preserved palazzi of Venice, the Cà Rezzonico. Hang out at one of the cafes of the popular square of Campo Santa Margherita. Finish your day with a leisurely stroll along the Zattere (and a bottle of wine in your hand).