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Lovely place to base yourself for a few days in Venice. The nuns and staff were really welcoming. The room was clean and the air conditioning a luxury in the heat. There's a small communal kitchen that is perfect to pop in to for breakfast/dinner....More
We spent four fantastic nights at the Istituto San Giuseppe and could not recommend it more highly. The staff were so welcoming and friendly and helpful. We booked through the monastery itself (it was cheaper than using a booking agent) and had no issues communicating...More
This place was perfect for us! Lots of history as it is a convent in a former palazzo. The nuns run a preschool during the day. We stayed for a bit just to watch preschool drop-off. In Venice it is hard to get a snapshot...More
I stayed at the Istituto San Guiseppe for three nights. The accommodation is relay well located - five minutes to Saint Marks Square and five minutes to Rialto. It is clean, quiet and the ensuite room was a really good size. You do have to...More
I stayed here for 6 nights in April, having booked directly with the Istituto (I believe it is also possible to book via Monastery Stays, if you prefer). I had no trouble booking directly - I emailed the Istituto via their website and got a...More
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.