“Perfect Stay for Our First Time in Venice”
My husband and I took our first trip to Italy this June, and I happened upon this new B&B by sheer luck. It is absolutely wonderful. The location was ideal for us: a quieter neighborhood not too far from the train station, neatly tucked away from the crowds, but surrounded by the water. It is a two-minute walk from the San Stae vaporetto stop, and within reasonable distance from all other places on the island (we walked everywhere). The neighborhood has several restaurants that we enjoyed (more than others we tried elsewhere in Venice), as well as a delicious and friendly local gelateria right down the street.
As far as the accommodation is concerned, there are three rooms, each decorated in a sumptuous but modern style, elegant details, and a view that is really just ridiculously beautiful. Our room had a small couch, table and chairs, extremely comfortable bed with crisp white linens, and a huge, airy bathroom, all flooded with natural light and the sounds of the Grand Canal. For a quiet night’s sleep we closed up the windows and used the air-conditioning, which was a very welcome option on the last two days of our trip which became very steamy outside. That said the breakfast was *lovely*: warm apricot-filled croissants, yogurt topped with fresh fruit, freshly-squeezed juice, cappuccino. Delicious, hearty, and healthy, served in our room at the time we requested by the super-sweet staff, sometimes Brittany herself. Our hostess, we discovered, is an interior designer, along with her husband who is an architect. Together they have created a stunning space, comfortable and welcoming with their presence, one of the best we have encountered in all of our travels.
ps: for those who love history and music, this palazzo was also home for a time of the famous Neapolitan composer Domenico Cimarosa, as well as being right across the canal from the place where Richard Wagner spent his last days. Venice is truly amazing. It is partly made of magic.