Small, family-run hotel, a few minutes from St Mark's Square and a 5-10 min walk from the Rialto Bridge. Turn left on leaving the hotel, over the bridge with its gondolas passing beneath and you will be in the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, a really useful landmark when asking directions on getting lost in the maze of narrow streets, as we did frequently! Around every corner we saw people like us poring over maps. The family and employees were lovely, so kind and patient; the plentiful and varied breakfast was a pleasant surprise (do sample the pastries, as recommended by the father); we ate so much and drank so much coffee that we needed only a light lunch. The location is fantastic yet this bustling side street goes very quiet after 11pm due, I was told, to Venice's strict by-laws relating to noise - just the occasional passer-by or shutter being pulled down (our room was at the front of the hotel, directly above an excellent restaurant (the 'Artisti') where we ate so often that we were being given complimentary aperitifs and sorbets! On arrival we followed the useful directions on the hotel website from the S.Zaccaria water bus stop and had to ask directions only once, which we thought not bad for two elderly sisters after midnight! When we left, however, we tried to be clever and decided to walk to the Fondamente Nove water bus stop, forgetting that when we walked there before we didn't have luggage to manoeuvre over the (eight?) bridges!
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- Also Known As:
- Al Piave Venice
- Al Piave Hotel