You’re right at the centre of Venice’s bustling heart, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Rialto Bridge, yet Francesca’s palazzo guest rooms are both peaceful and elegant. Find antiques, bold frescoes and pretty glass lamps; Persian rugs on parquet floors and warm coloured fabrics; fridges, safes and silk kimonos. Sink into beds with memory foam mattresses and fine linen, the headboards carved and draped. Bathrooms too are luxurious, tiled and modern. All have thick towels, big mirrors and posh toiletries, some have a bath and shower, one has a window. Rooms off the 3rd floor lobby (there’s no lift) have two sets of windows, then up the modern stair there are two beamed attic suites with large skylights. Kind Barbara and Sunil look after you well with breakfasts of local pastries, jams and fruits. Eat either in your room or admire the view of the San Cassiano Church tower from the bright, high ceilinged breakfast room. All is cool and design-focused, with exposed beams, Philip Starck ghost chairs and antique tables. There are a myriad of restaurants on your doorstep, so ask Barbara for tips. Hard to beat.