If you are looking to stay at an apartment in Venice, where there is a more relaxed, almost student atmosphere; late night bars, and somewhere away from the tourist traps, then Dorsoduro is for you. The area carries with it a youthful vibe and an artistic feel. The canals seem more beautiful here, and overall, you will experience a sense of community whilst on holidays in Dorsoduro, Venice.
The heart of this district, is the Campo Santa Margherita, where you will find antique stalls, cafés, markets and supermarkets by day. This is particularly useful if you are staying in self catering accommodation in Dorsoduro, Venice. At night, this then becomes one of the most lively spots in Venice, although do not go expecting some Ibiza-like experience! Venice overall is pretty tame. A place that all people on holidays in Dorsoduro should visit is the Accademia, which is the great art gallery of Venice. There is an awe inspiring collection here from many of the great masters, and even those people with only a passing interest in art cannot fail but to be impressed. There is also a museum of modern art, known as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which should be seen as well, as much to find out about the story behind the place as the art itself.
It goes without saying that whilst in Venice, a ride along a canal on a gondola is essential! Touristy? Yes. Tacky? Possibly. But still, it has to be done! With that in the bag, a trip to the San Marco Piazza should also be on the agenda, where a good day can be spent wandering around the various churches and other buildings that surround it. The streets leading off also have some nice shopping opportunities. A day walking tour would also be time well spent, and information about these can be found at the tourist information offices.
Whilst there is no official tourist season as such, there are certainly months when the weather is more suitable for holidays in Dorsoduro, Venice. The mid spring to late summer are the best months, where the temperature is warm (early twenties degrees Celsius), and the humidity of July and August not present. The winter time can see temperatures drop to around 8 to 11 degrees Celsius and the average annual rainfall figure is around 16 inches.
If you are staying at an apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice, then you will more likely than not be arriving by air. Marco Polo airport (VCE) serves the city, and is found just 12 km away. Most major airlines fly here from cities around the world, and these include Alitalia, British Airways, easyJet and Ryan Air. You may depart the UK from airports such as East Midlands (EMA), Newcastle(NCL), London Stansted (STN), Bristol (BRS) and Manchester (MAN).