The Dorsoduro district of Venice is full of truly evocative streets and squares, which are worth visiting during a nice walk. Among the positive things about this corner of Venice is the fact that there are far fewer tourists than in the nearby San Marco district and therefore you can move more comfortably without crowds.
Dorsoduro is the southern district of the city and its borders are defined by the waters of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal.
The name of Dorsoduro is due to the fact that in ancient times this part of Venice was the one with the most solid and less marshy land than the rest of the territory.
The Dorsoduro district develops south of the city, and is connected to it through the San Polo and Santa Croce districts. Instead, it is detached from San Marco via the Grand Canal and through the historic center.
Much of the area of the district is defined by the waters of the lagoon: to the north east is the Grand Canal which separates it from the San Marco district, while to the south is the Giudecca canal which separates it from the island of the same name.