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Hotels near the Piazza San Marco

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photo LEFT: The Hotel Scandinavia is on one of Venice's liveliest squares, the Campo Santa Maria Formosa.

East - Hotels in the direction of Castello

The hotels on this page are toward the east and northeast of the Piazza San Marco. They're less convenient to the airport boat than the hotels mentioned earlier, but they aren't difficult to reach unless you're burdened with heavy luggage. They're also handy for sightseeing, since you can easily get to the vaporetto stops at San Zaccaria (just east of the Piazza) and the Rialto Bridge. (Caution: Streets in this area be confusing, so buy a good map before you head for the hotel.)

The Casa Verardo Residenza d'Epoca and Best Western Hotel Montecarlo (3 stars each)  are very close to the Piazza San Marco. Both have excellent guest ratings.

Other first-rate hotels along the San Marco-Castello border include Colombina (4 stars), Bridge (3 stars), Castello (3 stars), and Locanda La Corte (3 stars). Just to the east are Commercio e Pellegrino (3 stars), and La Locandiera (a reasonably-priced "Town House Suites 1st category" property that is comparable to a 3-star hotel).

photoAlso in the neighborhood are Ca' dei Conti (4 stars), Palazzo Priuli (4 stars, photo at right), Al Tiepolo (3 stars), Rio (2 stars), and the Locanda Silva (1 star).

Slightly farther to the northeast is the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, a lively and delightful square with three excellent hotels:

Scandinavia (3 stars) offers two- to four-person rooms in a traditionally furnished palazzo that was begun in 1000 A.D. Eight of the hotel's 34 rooms overlook the square.

photoThe Venetian Gothic Palazzo Vitturi (3 stars) has reasonably-priced doubles, triples, quads, and suites. Some rooms overlook the Church of Santa Maria Formosa and the square. Close by is the luxurious Ruzzini Palace (4 stars), which occupies a handsome white stone palazzo facing the campo.

photoDa Bruno (3 stars) is an attractive 32-room hotel on the Salizzada San Lio, just northwest of the campo. As a bonus, Da Bruno is next door to La Boutique del Gelato, which some Venetians regard as the best ice-cream shop in the city. The hotel's location is especially convenient to the Rialto Bridge and sights on the left bank of the Grand Canal.

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