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I enjoyed my stay here for four nights. It's all you expect from a convent/monastery stay: clean, quiet and safe. I slept very well. Don't expect North American hotel amenities at these prices. (i.e. Bring your own shampoo and blow dryer.) There are plenty of...More
We stayed here for three nights from 24th April. Istituto Giuseppe is centrally located between Rialto Bridge and San Marco. It was hard to find initially. We took the boat no 2 but because it was raining we had problems finding it. But once there,...More
2 min walk to Saint Mark's Square (if you don't get lost)!! Sisters were lovely and welcoming. Our room was much larger than expected and a large ensuite too. Mattresses were very comfy. Unfortunately there were many mosquitos in the room (had to sleep under...More
I stayed for 9 days when I had only planned for 7 nights. The room was simply furnished but super clean. It was very central and although they did not serve breakfast there were many cafes and bakeries close by. There was kitchen facilities that...More
The guest room was predictably austere. Two twin beds with a larger bathroom than other convents we stayed in, yet still a small shower. The radiator for heat was centrally controlled and ran for set times during the day. This made for a chilly room...More
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.