It is almost time to leave Venice. We had a a fantastic time here, having seen all the major sights, experienced the unique quirkiness of a place without cars but plenty of water, the romantic and elegant decay of the buildings, the hordes of tourists, the gorgeous food and the bold colours of Burano.
But before we go, on board a cruise ship that will take us past the Piazza San Marco one last time, I would like to share with you our hotel of choice for our time there. It was a great, solid choice, and if you are looking for accommodation yourself at the moment, you may want to consider this hotel as well for your stay.
When we started the planning process for Venice I was absolutely sure of one thing: I needed to stay in a traditional house in Venice, one that breathes history and that would let me feel and see Venice from the moment I would open my eyes until the last second when I would fall asleep.
Luckily, Venice offers a number of fantastic converted palazzi, and after some investigation, fact checking and reading of online reviews we decided to book the Palazzo Vitturi.
The Palazzi Vitturi is an old Gothic palazzo from the late 13th century, filled to the brim with authentic detail and respectful nods to its glorious past. The second we step into our suite we are convinced that we had come to the right place: our room is huge, almost the size of a ballroom, and what emphasises this effect are the incredibly tall walls that would turn our voices into echoes.
I am instantly reminded of the stately apartments of the Berliner upper class that were build everywhere around the German capital in the 1880’s. There’s this particular feeling that you get from tall rooms, almost like being dwarfed into nothingness, very humbling, yet also comforting.
In our junior suite we are greeted with some champagne, and there is also a Nespresso coffee maker in our room for complimentary use. We soon discover to our relief that the wifi connection is excellent.
Tall windows, though overlooking a narrow laneway and a courtyard offer plenty of light, with rich drapery adding to the luxurious feel of the room. Along the walls close to the ceiling and on the ceiling itself, some beautiful details, neo-classical original frescos. The chandeliers, made from Murano glass, are just fascinating. Behind doors with thick antique glass is a public balcony overlooking the quiet campo in front of the hotel, the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, a typical Venetian square with an old well, a church and other grand houses with Juliet balconies and pointed windows.
After a peaceful night we go down for breakfast. The breakfast room is one the ground floor behind partly mirrored windows, so while we can watch the people outside on the campo, the dogs, children and pigeons, they have no idea that we are behind the mirror. We indulge in a proper Italian breakfast of Nutella and creamy mozzarella (not mixed together of course, one after the other, a must-try!).
Location-wise this hotel couldn’t be placed any better for us. We are surrounded by good restaurants, and the Piazza San Marco can be reached in just 5 minutes, the Rialto Bridge in just 7 minutes.
The Palazzo Vitturi offers only 16 rooms, which adds to this intimate, family-like feeling that this former residence offers.
We’d like to thank also the knowledgable staff at the Palazzo Vitturi who were able to point us in the right direction for lunch restaurants, suggested attractions and gave us expert advice on how to use the vaporetti.
Overall, the Palazzo Vitturi didn’t disappoint – a Venetian experience through and through, with some very elegant elements and great service. Highly recommended!
Hotel Palazzo Vitturi, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice. http://www.palazzovitturi.com/
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