Planning a trip to Italy? Unless you're lucky enough to have family, you'll have to find accomodations. This series of articles focuses on Venice luxury hotels. On the way we describe multiple tourist attractions in the neighborhood. Each article includes beautiful photos the reviewed luxury hotels. Each hotel mentioned has a live link (we test them just prior to posting) to its English-language website. Keep coming back, we are adding new destinations all the time. Let's find a Castello, Venice luxury hotel.
The Castello district is the largest of Venice’s six districts, locally known as sestiere. It’s in the east of Venice and, unlike some of the others, people actually live there. This is the least touristy part of Venice, which may be an attraction for many. The area includes many historic churches. For your convenience we have listed these hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages. The exception is clearly identified.
The Santa Maria della Pietà.
The Santa Maria della Pietà is a casa per ferie (vacation house) rather than a hotel. It does occupy the upper floors of two palaces but don’t come here expecting luxury. You will enjoy the rooftop terrace. Some of the rooms are devoted to families, if you reserve early enough you may get one with six beds. There are 15 rooms. The address is Calle della Pietà, Castello 3701. The Italian language only Santa Maria della Pietà website is www.pietavenezia.org/prenotazioni.htm but the translation provides the basics.
The Hotel Scandinavia.
The Hotel Scandinavia originally built around the year 1000, was once a luxurious Eighteenth Century residence. According to tradition this was where Desdemona met Othello, the “Moor of Venice.” Be that as it may, the hotel is right near the Santa Maria Formosa church and a typical Venetian square of the same name. There are 33 rooms. The hotel address is Campo Santa. Maria Formosa, Castello 5240. The Hotel Scandinavia website is www.scandinaviahotel.comAnd wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto or other Italian wines.
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