When one hears of a trip to Italy, the most common things that would come to mind would be the cities of Milan or Rome, and of course the lovely canals and charming districts of Venice. The latter though, one of the most popular tourists destinations in Italy, is vast and wide in terms of tourist attractions and activities, and so one day may not be enough to see the grandeur of the Canal City. Thus, let us focus on one of the things that you can do while in Venice, and that is tripping in the Dorsoduro District of Venice.
Dorsoduro is one of the more populated sections of the city, as compared to the small islands located in the waters of Venice, most of which are now deserted. The Dorsoduro District is connected to the mainland by the Accademia Bridge, one of the best spots in the city for picture taking. There are many sights to see and enjoy in the district, including the old churches and the district squares.
The Church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli is one of the oldest churches not only in Dorsoduro but in all of Venice and Italy as well. It is said to have been first constructed in the 7th century or earlier, and has gone different restorations, the latest being in the 1970s. The bell tower though, located next to the church was built in later centuries, the 12th to be exact. Inside the church you’ll see different statues of Catholic saints, as well as paintings of the life of Jesus by Alvise dal Friso.
Another famous church is the Chiessa dell’Angelo Raffaele (Chusrhc of the Archangel Raphael). Several things make this church a famous one. First is that it is named after an archangel, instead of a saint, the latter being a common practice among many Catholic churches. Second is its being mentioned in a novel by Sally Vickers – the Miss Garnet’s Angel. Lastly, are the beautiful artwork found inside the church. Inside you’ll find various works from various masters which include scenes from the Book of Tobias painted by Gian Antonio Guardi, The Last Supper by Bonifazio da Verona, and the Our Lady of Sorrows by Lattanzio Querena to name a few. However, the most famous attraction of the church would have to be the gilded statue of the Archangel himself.
You should also pay the Squero di San Trovaso a visit, which is pretty near a lesser famous church – the Church of San Trovaso. It is located close to Accademia Bridge, so if you’re coming from the mainland, this spot should be your first stop. There is nothing remarkable in the buildings architecture, save for its looking like an enlarged farmer’s hut from the Veneto Dolomites. However, this building plays an important role in Venice, being one of the last few shops where gondolas are built and repaired. You can tour the place and chat with the boatmen and repairmen who would be more than happy to show you how they make the famed Venetian boats here.
Dorsoduro is not a very touristy place, so a walking tour of Doroduro promises to be not only an educational and historical tour, but also a relaxing and peaceful walk that will surely paint a new picture of Venice in your minds.
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