B&B Residenza Al Pozzo
ABOVE: Jack, our grandson, dashes across the
Campo San Polo. (The B&B Residenza Al Pozzo is in the yellow house
behind the white stone pozzo or well.)
On the Campo San Polo,
Venice's second-largest square after the Piazza San Marco.
You're looking for a friendly, reasonably-priced alternative to a
traditional hotel, and you're lucky enough get a room at this tiny B&B
if you haven't reserved months ahead.
Al Pozzo ("At the Well") is often fully booked because it has only four
air-conditioned rooms, each furnished in a traditional style. The roof
terrace is another feature that draws savvy visitors: In summer,
breakfast is served on the terrace, and guests can use it as an
alfresco lounge throughout the day.
The B&B's location is perfect for visitors who want to experience a less
touristy side of Venice: It's on a large neighborhood square alongside
the main walking route between the
Rialto Bridge and the
Accademia Bridge. If
you're fond of animals, go into the campo around 8 a.m., when
you'll often see a pack of dogs chasing each other around the wellhead
while their owners make small talk in Italian or Venetian dialect.
On request (and at no extra charge), the
English-speaking owners will meet you when you arrive in the city
and walk you to the B&B.
Although the Campo San Polo usually has a laid-back
neighborhood vibe, it can be lively on summer evenings (when movies
are shown outdoors), during Advent (when a Christmas market takes
place on the square), and at
Carnival time, when events
(such as ice skating on a temporary rink) may take place on the
In the top picture, the Campo San Polo is the large
square above the Grand Canal. The B&B Residenza Al Pozzo is on the
left (west) side of the campo.
In the second photo, the B&B Residenza Al Pozzo is
in the yellow building facing the square. Look for a discreet plaque
(illuminated at night) by the entrance.