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Hi.

I want to write my comments to this fabulous trip we had. First of all, thank you for making this trip possible and for arranging everything there was thinkable and unthinkable. Without you nothing would have been as easy flowing.

Transfer from the airport at Rome to the apartments--- definitely perfect timing and necessary with kids and luggage. Our easy trip has begun!!

Rome Terrace Apartment --- nice apt, wonderful localization near Piazza del Popolo and walking distance to everywhere. Neat apt with terrace and 3 big bedrooms. Two of the A/C did not work at all and the shower drainages were clogged; otherwise, clean, well-equipped, and secure to get in and out. Loved Rome!!! A little expensive, but we suppose that it has to do with the central localization.

Private half-day tour to old Rome --- Manuel was our guide. Very knowledgeable and passionate with his city, willing to help with ideas of surroundings and easy-going.

Private half-day tour to the Vatican --- Andrea was our guide. Even though his knowledge was exceptional and interesting, he failed to incorporate the whole group in the tour (we were 6 counting adults and children). It was really a private tour to my husband!! (Not bad at all since the trip was to celebrate his birthday, but we were kind of lost!!). He gave us a restaurant suggestion that came to be the best in Rome, which was Sicilia in Bocca.

Europcar--- no problem at all with our car rental. Everything flowed easily. Thank you, Patrick.

Palazzo Bandino --- simply stated, this is PARADISE on Earth!!! From the moment we got there, we were pampered and taken care of. I can definitely get used to this treatment!! They make everything possible to meet your needs. For example, I am a vegetarian and the first day I told them, so that they did not count me on the meat dishes, not expecting anything at all ( and I told them that it was no problem to skip that plate for me). Since that moment, every day they had something different for me!! Food is incredible, local wines are the best, attention is unthinkably the best...!!!

Half-day private tour to Uffizi and Accademia --- Elisabetta is the best tour guide we had!!! Her knowledge and education is incredible, as is her appeal with the kids. They enjoyed these museums so much!!! And it was all because of her!!! She was in contact with everyone in the group, meeting every need and grabbing the attention of every person in the group. Her recommendations for restaurants and place for gelato were perfect.

Definitely, there are so many things left unseen, that we will be back as soon as possible (threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain hoping it works...). No doubt that we will be using your service again. You made everything possible and easy. Now I will recommend you to others!! No easier way to fly to Italy, when you know nothing about it. I hope that our comments help you in suggesting things to other clients.

Thank you.
Carmen C.


Dear Kirill,

Our trip to Italy on April 19-29 was marvelous. Thanks to InItaly for all the great accommodations you provided. I will admit I was a little nervous having made all our accommodations through you but every place was wonderful, ready for us, and with all the paperwork in agreement. We would love to return to any and all of the accommodations you recommended.

Before we went I read your comments on Castello Apartments and many people seemed to get lost trying to find it on foot. I would say that the easiest way to arrive is definitely via private water taxi as it took us right to the steps in front of the Palazzo. Couldn't be easier. Nicola and Antonio were very nice and eager to make any arrangements we needed. Also, we very much appreciated its location outside of the hubbub of St. Mark's Square. We enjoyed the Castello neighborhood and seeing real Italians living and shopping in their neighborhood.

Also, a word on AutoEurope and Avis. Thanks to Patrick Cooper for arranging the car rental. It was ready and waiting and it was an automatic as requested. (I half expected to be told there were no automatics available.) In fact, we were given a new Mercedes Benz with only 180 KM on it. It was beautiful and comfortable.   Thanks again for all your help. I can't wait to use your help again.  

Sue M.


Dear Kristin,

Thank you again for helping us a book another wonderful trip to Italia this August!

The car we arranged through you folks was perfect and easily picked up and dropped off...The hotels recomended, especially the Grand Hotel Menaggio, again was spectacular.... we absolutely love that place and definitely will return!  Please pass on our praise!

Again, I cannot thank you enough for your help and definitely will consult and plan through you our next family trip starting in Napoli..ending in Venezia!  It'll be a family trip...visiting my grandparent's towns of Rotundi/Avellino, Minturno..heading NE to Gualdo Tadino, then ending in Venezia :)

Again, thank you!
Frank V.


Dear Kristin,

We had a great trip to Venice. Castello B&B was great, Elena was truly lovely, knowlegable and passionate about her city, Fernando was a trip, but amusing, nonetheless. I must have told 100 people that we have come to rely on Initaly.com totally for our planning and organization for trips to Italy. You have never steered us wrong. I just wish there were more options--like a boat tour for fewer than 6 people (yes, I know, the expense is huge). A day on Torcello, alone would have been fantastic. We took another tour of 3 islands and there was so little time and no information--it's convinced us that if you don't offer the option, we won't do it.

Thanks a bunch. Until next year!!
Kate R.


Dear Jessica,

Thank you for your email. We found the In Italy website of great value in planning our trip.

Castello B&B in Venice was very pleasant. Our room was spacious and the staff was very helpful. One note to add to your destination information: The attendants at the Tronchetto parking garage have a little deal going where they try to coerce you into parking in the A section of the garage and then offer you a deal on a water taxi close by. The price is fair enough (15 Euros per person) for a water taxi--yes, we were conned into the deal--but it's an unofficial water taxi. The only real problem was that although we told the driver we were going to the Zacharia vaporetto stop when we agreed to the trip, it turned out that he is only able to dock at San Marco, so we had to carry our bags the extra distance from San Marco to Zacharia, and then to the hotel. Guests should insist on parking as close to section E as possible and use the vaporetto, or pay the freight for a legal water taxi.

For those who venture from Venice to Murano and Burano, there is a restaurant on Burano called Il Gato Nero that is WONDERFUL (You may have guessed by now that we are serious foodies). If you go there for lunch or dinner, plan on a couple of hours and take the waiter's recommendations seriously--wonderful seafood and risotto!

Bruce M.


Dear Jessica,

We had a great trip and the weather was just great.  I do think the time to travel to Venice is end September, beginning of October as the really busy tourist season is over and just manageable.  The canals also do not smell.

The Castello B and B was very easy to find re your directions and also very well situated.  My only complaint is that the showers are for 'little' people and so are the towels.  No other complaints, the hosts were great and friendly and obliging.

All in all our trip was memorable.  We did go to Murano (tourist trap) and Burano (wonderful) and the lace is worth seeing and buying.  As we are expecting two grandchildren soon we bought two beautiful lace christening gowns.  Burano worth a trip.

Also buying the 3 or more day pass for the Vaporetto was a very good deal indeed.

Getting to and from the station and airport was troublefree.

Thanks
Jenni and Jack F.


Hello Jessica,

We had a great Italian vacation celebrating our 25th anniversary, and all of our reservations thru Initaly went very smoothly.

The Castello B&B was very nice. The building is situated on a small canal just 5 minutes walk from St. Mark's square. It was very clean and comfortable with a full kitchen. If you're travelling with much luggage and don't want to feel like a pack mule, I'd highly recommend spending the extra euros for a water taxi, which will drop you off in front of the property. Although not inexpensive, the alternative is schlepping luggage from the vaporetto stop over numerous bridges, sometimes more than once if you get lost on the way. Our hosts, Elis and Peter, were extremely helpful with any requests for directions or restaurant recommendations; and Peter made arrangements for a water taxi to pick us up at 4:30am on the day of our departure to catch a 7:00am flight.

Regards,
Bill & Linda


Dear Jessica,

I've enjoyed reading other clients' comments after their return from Italy and am pleased to join in myself! All of the accommodations and tours arranged through InItaly went very smoothly. The Castello B&B was lovely, but VERY difficult to find, especially if Venice is your (literally!) "port" of entry. Taking the Alilaguna water "bus" from the airport into the city was fabulous and saved the expense of a private water taxi - if you gave directions from the dock ("Stand with your back to the dock and look to the left....!"). We had the apartment which was very nice, although the included breakfast meant a little bag of rolls hung on the door each morning instead of the bigger options for the other rooms (although I think they had to pay!)

We stumbled on a great restaurant (especially if you have kids or vegetarians) called Alla Strega in Venice...sort of hip and different from the white linen tablecloths places with an outdoor coutyard. It is somewhere north of the Castello B&B! Taking a gondola was definitely worth the expense; I highly recommend budgeting for that experience. We thought Murano was too touristy but loved Burano and Torcello was the best- buying a vaporetto pass and just getting on and off and exploring is my other recommendation.

The Villa Cinque Terre was amazing- I actually took a photo of their fish toilet seats! The staff was fantastic and the breakfasts were enormous. Sitting on the terrace roof you can watch all the action on the main street below. There were very few Americans and we enjoyed feeling a part of the European holiday season. Lots of families. If you like hiking you can make the trek between the villages. You really need three full days to take advantage of the area, given the expense and time involved in getting there. We also had no idea how difficult it was to get from the area to either Pisa or Genoa - my husband had to miss the last night in the hotel since the morning trains don't get you to the airport in time for a 7 a.m. flight. Also, the trains are not reliable (not the bus, either!) so give yourself a day (in the daytime) to get to whatever city you are going to fly home from...

Thank you for all of your help for a fabulous vacation in Italy!

Sara G.


Hi Jessica,

We absolutely loved staying at Castello B&B. The rooms were lovely. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful. The location was wonderful, just far enough away from the main canal to let you feel like you were removed from the crowds. As for neighborhood treasures, be sure to ask for directions to CavaTappi. It is a wonderful wine bar/restaurant, both the food and wine were glorious. Make sure to ask the owners Francesca and Marco for recommendations, they were really helpful and fun! Another great restaurant is Pizzeria Da Sandro. We enjoyed our entire time! We will certainly check with In-Italy for our next trip to Italy.

Thanks,
Micki B.


Dear Jessica,

Castello B & B was a perfect choice. It was off the beaten path, overlooking a quiet canal. As long as you have a bag with wheels, it was an easy walk from the San Zaccaria boat stop. Nicola, our host, was gracious and knowledgeable, and went out of his way to be helpful. When I asked if I could borrow an iron, he told me that they would prefer to iron the item for me, as the electric could be a problem. It was pressed, free of charge, placed in a plastic bag, and was found on our bed upon our return from a day of sightseeing.

A buffet breakfast of egg quiche, meats and cheeses, breads, cereals and fruit were available in the most quaintest of rooms. Chandeliers and frescoed ceilings, light music, and a kind woman serving tea and cappuccino added to the subdued elegance.

We will surely stay there again upon our return to Venice.

Most truthfully,
Theresa D.


Dear Julie,

Castello B&B was fantastic! Great location, WONDERFUL personnel, delightful accommodation. Thank you again.

Niza D.


Dear Julie,

We had an amazing journey with highs and lows but the one thing that stays constant and enjoyable was the hotels. Castello B&B was charming and really nice staff who are willing to helped with anything we needed.

My biggest thing my husband and I loved with spending the day with Massimo. He took us on the Private Full-Day Trip to the Chianti. He was friendly and had great transportation. He really showed us a good time and our lunch was amazing. We went wine tasting and sampled some great cheese and meat. That is the best money I spent was to have him show us the countryside of Florence and I believe the gem that most people miss. He was very interesting and I can't describe in words what a great time we had. If you could let him know the Yaples say thank you that would be great.

Thanks for everything and hopefully I can use your resources again.

Blessings,
Catherine Y.


Buon Giorno Julie!

Our stay at the Castello B & B was the best during our entire trip through Italy. Nicola, the owner, was amazing. He made sure we had everything we needed and had tons of information--especially where to meet the Alilaguna (water bus) to the Marco Polo Airport. When we first arrived a gentleman name Luigi met us and checked our party in. He was the most gracious host. The rooms were amazing. We stayed in the Le Rondini (for 4 people) and Venezia (for three people). Both rooms had high ceilings that were painted beautifully with colorful Venetian chandeliers. We all felt pampered. The beds were thick mattresses topped by thick comforters. Since our stay was in the beginning of January, a thick comforter was perfect. However our rooms were very warm at all times. The bathrooms were extremely modern and marble tiled. Each bathroom had a towel warmer for even more comfort.

Nicola and his wife also offered a wonderful breakfast each morning in a European setting that was beautiful and tasty. We breakfasted on prosciutto, cheeses, pound cake, juice, cereal, biscotti and excellent coffee. Each morning was a delight and we left to sightsee in the best of moods. Castello is centrally located. Everything is in walking distance. It only took us a few minutes to reach San Marco Piazza and the Realto. There are tons of shops (especially Venetian mask shops but some very good ones), small bookstores and trattorias close by. What I felt was one of the most charming aspects was that the Palazzo is built right on a canal. Each morning when we would leave I would open the door and there was Venice in all its charm and beauty.

Our entire group would recommend Castello B&B for everything--location, comfort, friendly staff and most of all its Venetian charm. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else and we are going back next year. Thank you for helping reserve this wonderful accommodation.

Ciao!
John Michael L.


Dear Julie,

We had a fantastic trip to Italy. I thought your website was very helpful and informative. Thank you. We loved Castello B&B. The palazzo was beautifully decorated and Martina and her husband were charming. I would recommend it highly. I look forward to our next trip and will use InItaly.

Cathy M.


Dear Cynthia,

Venice, ah Venice. Yup it was crowded and jammed with folks but it was so worth it. Once again we truly appreciated Castello B&B. Though it is a bit of a haul initially when you are shlepping luggage, it's worth it. Once we got oriented we realized that this B&B was in a great spot, relatively close to most things you want to visit. It had the least "atmosphere" (but this isn't really a "knock") of all the places we stayed at through InItaly, as well as an "ordinary" breakfast. On the other hand, were pleasantly surprised to find that we actually had a kitchen suite as well as a nice bedroom. This served us well as there were some times that we brought back fresh fruit and kept it in the fridge for our snacks.

One A/C unit served that whole suite and bedroom but it did keep up. (we had to keep the bedroom door open to get the benefits of the A/C and the back of the encased A/C unit faced our bedroom, but it was a low hum). This B&B did have an elevator. The hosts were extremely helpful and once again gave us lots of suggestions re restaurants and other places to visit. We got there late that night but our host graciously met us and printed a map and directions for us as well as telling us where to find a local place for a quick bite.

One of their recommendations, Il Nuovo Galeon, in the Garibaldi area was an outstanding fish restaurant.(ask the hosts for the exact address, I lost the card) The waiter, at one point brought out the bass fish I had ordered, in toto, and said, "I ski for you". Well my puzzled look was answered a few minutes later but a plate of succulent filleted (skinned not skied) bass. If you get a bit tired of the "classic art" visiting the Peggy Guggenheim museum is the absolute solution. Wonderful "modern-Piccaso's Chagall's etc) contemporary art in a beautiful setting.

It is very worthwhile to fly out of Venice, if you can. Small comfy airport which actually has non stops to the US (Delta flies to JFK and maybe others?) Very nice boat ride (via a company called Aliguna) for 10Euros one way, that takes you (with very few stops) from either San Marco or San Zaccharia to the airport to a dock right outside the airport in one hour. (hourly departures) Then you take a free 5 minute bus ride (bus came right away) right to the airport. They recommend buying tickets the day before just to make sure you get a spot.(in the summer). You can buy them at San Marco or San Zaccharia or other spots. We actually flew into Rome, EuroStar train non stop (THE way to go) to Florence, rented a car in Tuscany (very worthwhile) which we dropped off in Venice, and flew home from there.

Some other observations in general. We were in Italy in mid July. It was blazingly hot and humid (93-103F) almost every day. It is essential to drink water or whatever liquid you prefer, frequently. Otherwise you start to feel lightheaded and dehydration (you sweat a lot in these conditions) sneaks up on you especially if you happen to be climbing 400 or so of narrow winding stairs of Duomos. So do as others do and frequently buy your favorite liter or two, of beverage. Light breathable clothes (linen shirts, which you can happily buy in the Florence "market" and other spots) are helpful. Contrary to what we read, we encountered very few lines at most museums in Rome, Florence and Venice. This could have been because of the incredible heat. We heard most of the locals had headed out to the beaches in this weather but we also think perhaps it kept some European tourists away. There also seemed to be less US toursist then we expected, post 9/11? So we weren't really sure we needed to get advance reservations to most museums.

We felt the 3 day Blue Venice Pass, 27 Euros (without airport transfers), was a good deal. It provided unlimited local boat/bus transportation (which we used often) as well as rides to Burano and Murano. Driving maps were very helpful in Tuscany as was the road map of Italy. Yes we did get lost one very long day (that's another story) but we considered it part of the travelling adventure. (Actually just one day wasn't too bad we thought).

We'll be back!!!!!!

Thanks for all your help.
Chaim L.


Dear Jessica,

We had a wonderful visit in Venice (despite the heat wave). Castello B&B is FABULOUS!!! It has everything as described on Initaly.com. Castello B&B was beautifully restored about 5 years ago -- they've preserved the look and feel of a rich Venetian palazzo with restored floors, paintings on the ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, fine draperies, and handsome antique furnishings. We stayed in the Rondini Family Suite, which had a large, beautiful master bedroom, a second bedroom that was just fine for our two teenagers, a large, modern full bathroom with tub and shower, and air conditioning that was able to handle the August heat. All in all, it was a perfect set-up for "spoiled Americans" and, as far as I'm concerned, a great value for the price we paid.

Castello B&B is located in a clean, quiet neighborhood that is only a 10 minute walk from the crowds and bustle of San Marco Square and less than a 5 minute walk to the waterfront. The map and directions that we received from Initaly.com prior to our departure were well written and clear -- we got there without problem (see below regarding maps).

Best of all, however, was our host and proprietor of Castello B&B: Nicola. He is a warm and gracious host, knows the city well, answered questions and accommodated our every need, and made several excellent recommendations for dinner restaurants.

We're also glad that we took Nicola's advice to visit the island of Burano. We were going to Murano anyway, and he suggested Burano for its brightly colored houses and beautiful lacework. What a photographer's paradise! Next time we'll plan our visit so that we can spend more time there.

As for tips, I recommend using the "Streetwise Venice" map (published by Streetwise Maps, Inc., www.streetwisemaps.com). I've used their maps for other cities and they're all excellent: they're clearly printed in color on laminated paper, compact, and fold accordian style so they easily fit into a pocket. I used Streetwise Venice together with my better-than-average sense of direction and we did not get lost once!

Initaly.com is a wonderful resource and a great service. We're glad that we used it to plan our trip to Venice and we've been telling all of our friends about it. Thanks for everything!

Jere and Ellen F.


Dear Kristin,

Since Venice was our first stop and the dollar's value was decreasing every day, we decided not to take a "water taxi" to the hotel as you suggested, and used the vaporetta. Our first mistake of the trip was not listening to your advise about that one! $125 seemed like a lot of money for a taxi ride and so we opted to manage our luggage ourselves on the vaporetta. Since we both overpacked (I must say that this time it was my husband who took WAY too many clothes!), managing our luggage once we left the vaporetta took a little creativity. We wisely chose the water taxi when we checked out and headed to Avis. That was much easier and smarter.

We were so pleased with Castello B&B in Venice. Nicola couldn't have been more helpful or hospitable. He upgraded our room to a small suite and the breakfasts were great every morning. We would definitely return to this B&B as the service, location and facility was excellent!

We didn't find the great food we were looking for in Venice and I'm sure it was our lack of experience to blame. We got better at this!

Cathy & Spud A.


Dear Jessica,

Thanks for asking and helping us to find such a wonderful place.

It was spectacular. More than we expected actually. I called the Sunday before we were to arrive to let them know that we'd be coming in from a cruise the following week and to confirm that all would be ready. Nicola - our host said it would be.

We arrived on Sunday morning after taking a water taxi directly from the cruise terminal. Considering the alternatives, we decided that was the best way to get there. The price was 80 Euros and well worth the convenience for the four of us. It was direct and saved hauling luggage through the narrow streets of Venice. Nicola met us at the door and helped get our luggage upstairs where he said he'd keep it until our room was ready in about two hours. We walk only a few minutes to the Piazza San Marco and after a drink decided to do some sightseeing before returning to the hotel.

On our return at 4:00pm Nicola said that he'd decided to give us an apartment instead of the suite. It was delightful. On the first floor overlooking the canal at the front. We did see the suite which would have been on the second floor and more to the back. Probably quieter but we loved the sound of life on the canal and it certainly was a delight to see the activity. We had two bedrooms, living/dining room, kitchen and bath. Very comfortable.

In the morning we were treated to a wonderful breakfast of assorted cereals, rolls, biscotti, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, juice and coffee. It was bountiful and leisurely. Soft music playing in the background.

Everyone at the hotel was most gracious and helpful. They made suggestions for place to eat, sights to see and arranged for our taxi when we were ready to return to the airport on Wednesday. There were no unpleasant surprises and we all agreed that when we go back to Venice in the future, we'll book there again.

I would add that the location was very convenient to sightseeing, the shops and restaurants. I was particularly searching for masks and at least a dozen wonderful shops were within a five minute walk.

Again thank you for your help. I'll be visiting Initaly.com when next I go to Italy.

Sincerely,
Wally H


Hi,

We had a great time, and very much enjoyed our stay with Nicola at the Castello B&B. The owners were charming, helpful and informative. The apartment was perfect for our needs, and was well located along a quiet canal. Restaurant recommendations by Nicola were helpful as well. Osteria Mastere was very nice, but Tratorria Remiere nearby was not good, overpriced, and waiters rude. Venice was great, and we would definitely return.

Bill D.


Dear Julie

Thank you for your help in arranging lodgings for our recent trip to Italy. It was no small feat to find accommodations for eight family members that included four teenagers and a grandparent.

We were particularly impressed with the Castello B & B in Venice, and would recommend it unconditionally to those lucky enough to visit Venice. From its close proximity to St. Mark's Square, it's lovely authentic Venetian decor, the delicious breakfast, to our gracious and accommodating host Nicola, our stay there was wonderful. Please pass along our thanks and compliments to Castello B & B.

Sincerely,
Jennifer S.


Dear Cynthia,

I had a wonderful stay at Castello B&B. Everyone there couldn't have been more accommodating! When I was shown to my room I thought there had been a mistake because the rooms were so much better than I had expected. I was in a suite that had an incredible living room space with a Murano chandlier and windows that looked out to a charming little canal. The kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom were also spacious and attractive. The staff was extremely helpful and the breakfast was great! I can't say enough good things about my stay there.

I found a great little restaurant in the Ca' d'Oro section of Venice. It was called Vini da Gigio located on Fondamenta San Felice, Cannaregio,3628 phone number is 041/5285140. Reservations are neccessary. I had the best meal in Venice here at a very reasonable price. The menu has a meat side and a seafood side and the staff were quite accommodating.

Another highlight of my trip was the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The museum was well worth the visit.

Thank you again for the efficient handling of my accommodations. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Italy and will be sure to use InItaly again.

Catherine M.


Dear Kirill,

Castello in Venice was wonderful. It was beautiful and Nicola, the owner was great, as was the rest of the staff. It was very quiet and the only noise was conversation of people passing below on the 'street'. When we arrived in Venice it was hot and the crowd outside the train station was daunting. Every vaporetto looked crowded beyond capacity, so we decided to take a water taxi, which cost 60 Euros for the 4 of us. The taxi left us off near S. Zacharia on the Grand Canal so we had to pull our luggage for the short walk to the Palazzo. When we departed the Palazzo, the staff called a taxi, which came right in front of the hotel for 70 Euros- if one is going to pay for a taxi, it is definitely worth the additional 10 euros not to lug the suitcases up and over the 2 small bridges between the Grand Canal and the Palazzo. The guided tours we booked with Elena, while expensive were worth it. We had only 2 nights in Venice and wanted to make the most of our time. We made the decision to spend the money for the tours when we decided to make this quick trip to Venice in the middle of the hot tourist season in order to maximize our experience.

Kirk B.


Hi Julie,

The trip was fantastic. Venice - LOVED Nikola (sp?).He was charming and the hotel was perfectly located a bit off the beaten path so it was very quiet. The room was huge and very charming with a lovely cross breeze and, again, very quiet. We didn't much care for Venice itself - way too many tourists. It seemed this town has had to "sell" itself to tourism to keep alive. Too bad - such an interesting place. We did have one of the best meals of our trip here - Nikola recommended a place that was the best seafood pasta! - oh, boy, I can't remember the name! If you really want it, I've got it at home.

Joyce D.


Dear Jessica,

The Castello B&B in Venice offers fine accommodations. We had the room at the very top of the building, under the roof - a small room but quite charming, and with great views over the rooftops. The building's location couldn't be easier: close enough to St Mark's and the S. Zaccaria vaporetti stops, yet slightly removed from the big crowds. The Trattoria Della Oliva Nera close by is a delicious restaurant option, pricey but really worth it - reservations required - unfortunately, I can't seem to locate their card.

Thanks so much for all your assistance with our planning. It was all very intimidating, and you really made things smooth and comfortable for us.

Our best,
John & Laure H.


Dear Kirill,

Castello B&B was very charming as were the hosts. She recommended our favorite restaurant of our entire trip: Zucca. Be sure to make reservations. We wanted a place where the "locals" go and the food was outstanding as well the service. Castello B&B is in a great location--just outside the touristy areas but close enought to St. Marks and anything else you want to do! Marco Polo's restaurant is not very good--service and food are poor. When you are in Venice, you MUST go on a Gondola. Rob was protesting it because he felt it was too touristy--it was great. We say Marco Polo's and Mozart's home and learned a lot from our excursion. I would recommend, if you are flying out early the next day for home, not having Venice as your last destination. We thought we had planned everything in advance to depart from Venice to Milan: we bought our train tickets, we would take a taxi from Milan to Malpensa and take a water taxi that said 24 hours from Venice to the train station...at 5:00am we could not find a taxi anywhere and were in quite a panic! More problems with the payphones (we figured out the card--but most of the phones were out of order) we barely caught our plane back to the U.S.--we had a terrific taxi driver who really took care of us from Milan to Malpensa.

This was our first time to Europe/Italy. We both loved it. The accommodations were great overall. We have recommended your site to everyone we know and will utilize you again when we decide to return to Italy.

Thank you so much!
Rhonda and Rob W.


Dear Julie,

Thanks for the welcome, though I have to say I was sorry to leave. First-the Castello B&B was simply wonderful! It is spacious, elegant, wonderfully located, and very Italian. The owners are just lovely and the service divine. I would only stay there if I went to Venice again. The prices in both places were just right, though, and the service was great!

Karen D.


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