My husband and I stayed with Daniela for 3 nights at the end of October 2013 to end our 2 1/2 week Italian vacation. We were blessed to stay in nice bed and breakfasts nearly everywhere we went, but I must say Al Gallion takes the cake. The apartment itself is lovely with high windows and stunning Venetian glass chandeliers including one in the very large and comfortable bedroom, but the proprietor of this property, Daniela, is what makes this place so special. Everything wonderful that you have ever heard about Italian hospitality is embodied in Daniela. She welcomed us to the apartment with a big smile and cup of tea despite it being relatively late and our arrival getting delayed due to a train strike. She then gave us a detailed map of Venice and explained the best routes around the city by vaperetto and walking. The routes that she explained were all drawn onto the map by her as well so we could reference them later. Without her explanations, we would have been lost- the city is definitely like a maze, but as Daniela will tell you, you are obliged to get lost in it. She is very knowledgeable of the city and clearly very proud of it and each morning over her wonderful homemade cakes and jams that are served at breakfast she asked us our itinerary and helped us revise it so that it made more sense and we could see more. She even gave us a very vital tip that allowed us to skip the line to get into San Marco, which was very long. Plus, Daniela always seemed happy to see us when we arrived back and would always ask what we had done and seen and seemed genuinely interested in our adventures. It was truly like staying with a very gracious friend or relative. The location of the apartment is good- not on the canals but a very easy walk from the train station and the Rialto and also very convenient to transportation. The neighborhood is quieter than most of the heavily tourist areas but felt more authentically Venetian than most of the others. Right around the corner were two very good and reasonably priced restaurants that seemed very popular with locals (no tourist menus, ect.). Additionally, Daniela keeps the accommodations impeccably clean and the bed was very comfortable. If we are able to go back to Venice in the future, I would stay here again without a doubt.
- Also Known As:
- Al Gallion Hotel Venice