The best way to travel in Cannaregio is to navigate the beautiful still waters of the picturesque Royal Canal in a gondola, taking in the gorgeous sights of the Ca d'Oro Palace and the baroque Palazzo Labia. There's plenty to see on dry land too – the area encompasses the old Venetian Ghetto, still a hub of Jewish culture, and there's a plethora of churches to admire, such as Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
The Venetian Arsenal, the shipyard complex where Galileo once walked, known for its iconic marble lion statues, dominates the quarter of Castello. Indulge in retail therapy down the bustling Via Garibaldi or Riva Degli Schiavoni, lined with high-end boutiques and buzzing eateries serving the freshest local seafood and finest Italian wines. You can even kick-back and relax in the Giardini park, one of the most stunning green spaces in Venice.
Standing at the center of the buzzing Piazza San Marco, flanked by the breathtaking Byzantine domes of St Mark's Basilica, the imposing Clock Tower and the ancient Lion of Venice, a sculpture dating back thousands of years, you'll see why San Marco is Venice's visitor hub. Tour the museum within Doge's Palace – a masterpiece of the Venetian Gothic style - or enjoy pizza in one of the plush pavement cafes.
This hustling, bustling central neighborhood is a haven for romantics and foodies alike. There are few things more peaceful than an alfresco dinner for two along the Grand Canal, by the gorgeous stone Rialto Bridge. Head down to Campo San Giacomo and delight in fresh fruits, vegetables, and local seafood, or explore San Polo's history at the ancient San Giacomo di Rialto church, with its huge 15th Century clock.
"location / good breakfast"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 6, 2014
Locating it was a bit dicey,but,once you read your map properly or followed the directions it was just down the alley.Close to the main canal and water taxi.The breakfast adequate,rolls,cereals croissants freshly baked, yoghurt`s,eggs ,coffee /tea/ juice ,cold meats .Breakfast was plentifull 24 hour manned door personnel.Rooms had these high ceilings.Nicely furnished and comfortable ,huge window overlooking small canal ,gondola singers ..would recomend or stay again
"On the Rialto Bridge"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 11, 2013
Great Venetian style hotel. Right off the Rialto bridge. Only rooms 1 and 2 have a view of the Grand Canal, rest of the side street.
Not for the disabled or unfit, plenty of stairs to do your daily workout if you are missing your gym.
Continental breakfasts were enjoyable.
Shopping and restaurants close by. 10 minute walk to St Marks square. To get there catch the Number 1 water taxi from the main pier at the bus terminus to Rialto pier and walk across the bridge and turn left or to the next pier, S Silvestro, and you will not have to lug your luggage over the bridge.
"Umberto- the best concierge ever!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 2, 2013
When we arrived at the entrance to Ca' Braggadin, which is in the process of being renovated, we had our doubts, but they were soon cast aside after being warmly welcomed by Umberto. He showed us the room we had booked , which looked very comfortable and more than adequate for us, but also offered us an upgrade to a larger/ nicer room for a minimal surcharge. As this was the last 2 nights of our trip in Italy we went for the upgrade. We had spent our first night in Venice in another hotel, in the tiniest room with the most uncomfortable bed which had cost us more than our palatial suite at Ca' Bragadin. Umberto, who seems to do everything at the hotel, truly enhanced our experience in Venice , with his great recommendations and advice. In a city where many reviewers/ guidebooks warn of overrated overpriced experiences, we had only positive experiences which made our stay truly magical and we have Umberto to thank for most of it.