Introducing Giudecca

Giudecca waterfrontThis section of our site introduces the little-known, but fascinating, island of Giudecca, where our flat is located, and shows its close proximity to the rest of Venice. Staying on Giudecca is the perfect base from which to explore Venice. 

We also review Giudecca restaurants that you will find on your doorstep, including some of the best in Venice, and mention some of the historic sights, famous buildings and other features you will come across as you explore Giudecca.

Then we give a brief history of Giudecca, which has played many roles in the life of Venice over the centuries, and describe the new role it is playing nowadays in shaping the Venice of tomorrow.


The Other Side of Venice

Historic Map of GuideccaLa Giudecca is a long thin island, made up of eight interconnected small islands, that underlines Venice. It is separated from the rest of Venice by the Giudecca Canal.

The panoramic view across this Canal to Dorsoduro and across St Mark's Basin to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square, a view painted by many great artists, is one of the outstanding sights of Venice.

Peaceful and villagey, Giudecca is the perfect place for anyone visiting Venice to stay, being both set apart - and yet only a few minutes away - from the rest of Venice.

Map of Giudecca

Central Venice from GiudeccaA one minute vaporetto (water bus) ride across the Giudecca Canal from the local stop, Palanca, and you are on the Zattere, the wide canal-front promenade that runs the entire length of Dorsoduro. It is three minutes walk from here to the Accademia, which houses the greatest collection of Renaissance paintings in Venice, and the Accademia Bridge over the Grand Canal.

Alternatively, a five minute vaporetto ride from Redentore or Palanca takes you directly to St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. So you can be in this world-famous tourist venue within a few minutes of leaving your apartment.