Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri of Venice
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, northern Italy
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Dorsoduro includes the highest land areas of the city and also Giudecca
Giudecca is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. It is part of the sestiere of Dorsoduro. It is a locality of the comune of Venice.-Geography:...

 island and Isola Sacca Fisola. Its name derives from the Italian
Italian language
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 for "hard ridge", due to its comparatively high, stable land.


The original heart of the area was the Giudecca Canal, along which building were constructed from the sixth century. By the eleventh century, settlement had spread across to the Grand Canal
Grand Canal of Venice
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, while later religious buildings including the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the Zattere quay are now its main landmarks.

In the nineteenth century the Accademia
The Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th century art in Venice, northern Italy. Situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro, it gives its name to one of the three bridges across the canal, the Ponte dell'Accademia, and to the boat landing station for the...

 was set up in Dorsoduro and the Ponte dell'Accademia
Ponte dell'Accademia
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 linked it to San Marco, making it an expensive area popular with foreign residents. The western quarter, end and the Giudecca, became industrialised around this time.

Main sights

Attractions on the main islands include the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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, the Palazzo Dario
Palazzo Dario
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, San Trovaso
San Trovaso
San Trovaso is a church in the sestiere or neighborhood of Dorsoduro in Venice, northern Italy.The church dates to at least the 1028. The present church was rebuilt by 1584. The architect was likely Francesco Smeraldi...

, San Pantalon
San Pantalon
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, San Nicolò da Tolentino
San Nicolò da Tolentino
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, the Ospedale Giustinian, the Church of San Sebastiano
San Sebastiano, Venice
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, the Palazzo Ariani, the Palazzo Zenobio, the Church of Santa Maria del Carmelo and Scuola Grande dei Carmini, Campo Santa Margherita, Ca' Foscari, Ca' Rezzonico
Ca' Rezzonico
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 and Campo San Barnaba.
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