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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
We stayed here for five nights in April, having booked on recommendations of friends - directly with bookingmonastery - it is pointless trying to book this place any other way...they do not work. The accommodation fits within a working monastery AND a primary school, so...More
We stayed for four days at the monastery. Our room consisted of three single beds and a good size bathroom. The AC in the room was just adequate. There is a kitchen area with a refrigerator and a microwave for guests. Note: there is a...More
This convent still has 7 nuns, who run an infant school in the mornings. Otherwise, your main contact is the receptionist, a lay person, who is extremely friendly and helpful in providing advice on where to eat, etc. The Common Room downstairs is quite basic,...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.