City-Center Lodgings - Historic Residence
The area just behind St. Mark's Square is called Castello. Traditionally it has been a working class neighborhood but now, as more and more "workers" flee to relatively easier and cheaper housing on the mainland, Castello is becoming more and more gentrified, and along with the new tenants come interesting eateries, boutiques and workshops. Similar to Rome's Trastevere, this is quickly turning into the trendy part of Venice - and yet the real Venetians are still there, shopping for seafood and vegetables in the morning, hanging out their laundry above the paved-over canals and campi, calling their kids home at night when the pasta has been tossed into the pot to boil.
Our building has occupied a beautiful corner of Castello since the 1200s, back in the days when the Venetian Republic built all her world-conquering ships at the nearby Arsenal. It is surrounded by history. On one side is a small canal called Rio di San Lorenzo. A tiny footbridge arches over this canal, taking pedestrians to a classic 16th-century church that holds several famous paintings by Carpaccio. The rooftops of Venezia trail away to the horizon, where you can see the belltower in St. Mark's Square or the one on picturesque San Giorgio island. St. Mark's is less than a ten-minute walk, whether you stroll along the Grand Canal or slip through the back streets that belong to the Venetians.
In restoring this palazzo, the owners gave new life to the precious parquet and terrazzo floors, tall lead-glass windows and high wood-beamed ceilings they had found in a sorry state. All the original features of the building now shine, embellished by antique furnishings, Murano chandeliers and heavy Venetian fabrics. Yet there are modern touches: all the rooms are reached by an elevator and cooled by air conditioning in warmer months, and offer telephone, wireless Internet access, wall safe and mini-bar. Each room has a private modern bathroom with hair dryer and good terrycloth towels. The Quad Room has a double bed and two single beds (for two adults and two children only), while the Family Suite is actually two separate bedrooms - one with double bed and one with twin beds - and a shared bathroom.Everyone meets in the morning for a leisurely breakfast served in the intimate dining room. Then you're off for explorations of the Serene Republic, either on foot or by vaporetto, which stops less than five minutes from your door.
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