The Zattere: A Venetian Stroll at Sunset

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What is better, possibly at spring, than a serene and romantic stroll during sunset? Especially when the view includes magnificent Venetian architecture, the island of Giudecca with two of the most beautiful churches – Redentore and San Giorgio – with Palladian facades. Let’s not forget the glorified finale of facing the San Marco Basin. So without a doubt: having a walk on the Zattere is good for your eyes and soul.


In the Dorsoduro quarter, the Zattere Fondamenta, which flanks the Giudecca Canal, almost the whole way down, faces entirely south. It’s a perfect setting for a panoramic aperitif, a family stroll, or a romantic tête a têteIf you have planned a day of museums between Gallerie dell’Academia, Guggenheim and Punta della Dogana, just on the opposite side of the peninsula (where the Dorsoduro quarter culminates) you can find the peaceful Zattere, where our eyes find the serenity of natural warm light.


It’s a perfect setting for a panoramic aperitif, a family stroll, or a romantic tête a tête


Between an art gallery and another, there are many opportunities to enjoy the relaxing areas such as lunching on an elegant platform on the canal (Linea d’Ombra Restaurant) or taste a specialty of the fondamenta: the famous Gianduiotto at the Gelateria Da Nico (takeaway available).


The many benches scattered along the canal are often a meeting place for university students crowded in the Ca’Foscari Library. It also remains a privileged place to observe the flow of boats that cross the Giudecca Canal.


For those who love running or jogging, the Zattere represents the best of the best: many venetians run along the fondamenta in the early morning or late afternoon to keep in shape without giving up on the city’s beauty (plus there are planks to ease crossing the bridges.) Even athletes adore the planks considering it’s the beginning terminal of the famous Venice Marathon that is held every October.

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