ABOVE: A view from the Hotel Ala. INSET
BELOW: The Ala is the yellow building facing the square.
Location: On the Campo Santa Maria
del Giglio, west of the Piazza San Marco. Closest
Alilaguna Airport Boat
stop: San Marco.
looking for an attractive, moderately-priced hotel that's only a few
minutes from Venice's prime sightseeing and shopping territory, but
you'd prefer to be away from the crowds.
The Best Western Hotel Ala is a longtime favorite of guidebook authors
and Venetophiles, thanks to its attractive setting and traditional
Venetian atmosphere. It's also easy to reach, either on foot from the
vaporetto stop (which is close by on the Grand Canal) or by water
In the first satellite image, look for the small
square toward the right side of the frame, above the caption "Campo
del Traghetto." The unlabeled square is the Campo Santa Maria del
Giglio. (Other landmarks in the photo are the Campo San Stefano on
the left and Venice's opera house, La Fenice, on the upper right.)
In the second photo, you can read the name "Ala" on
the yellow building facing the square on the left, next to the Santa
Maria del Giglio church.