You’re right at the centre of Venice’s bustling heart, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Rialto Bridge, yet the palazzo guest rooms are both peaceful and elegant. Find antiques, Persian rugs, fridges, safes and silk kimonos. Sink into beds with memory foam mattresses and fine linen, en suite bathrooms are luxurious, tiled and modern; some have a bath and shower, one has a window.
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.
Step out onto Calle dei Botteri, a lively street lined with restaurants, stroll down labyrinthine alleyways interspersed with canals, your closest vaporetto stop is at the Rialto Mercato. Gawp at the epic grandeur all around: classic Venetian architecture, palazzi and churches, priceless marbles and awe-inspiring art at every turn.