Santa Maria della Salute

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Dorsoduro, Venice

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Called so because of its more stable and less swampy land, in comparison to the other areas of Venice (literally "hard ridge"), Dorsoduro is the southern sestiere of the city.
This sestiere is important for its many museums, the main one being the Gallerie dell'Accademia. This museum hosts the greatest collection of Venetian art works, mostly dating back to the 14th-17th centuries. One can enjoy masterpieces from Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Carpaccio and Bellini. The famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci – which appears on the Italian 1€ coin – is also kept here.
If you fancy a more contemporary type of art, you can also visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which hosts valuable works from the main 20th century avantgarde movements, such as Modernism, Futurism, Cubism and Expressionism, or the François Pinault Collection, within the complex of Dogana da Mar-Palazzo Grassi, which exhibits important contemporary art works.
Another unmissable attraction in the sestiere is the wonderful Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, built in the 17th century by the Venetian master Baldassarre Longhena. The view of this majestic church overlooking the lagoon is one of the reasons to see Venice.
The Dogana da Mar, the Pinacoteca Manfrediana, the Biblioteca del Seminario Patriarcale and Santa Maria della Salute form the complex named Punta della Dogana: it is a triangle-shaped point which used to be the seat of the Republic's customs.

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