An insider's guide to Venice
Oltre Il Giardino
San Polo, 2542
Venice, as everyone knows, is marvellous. It's important to avoid the tourist throng, but it isn't easy to do so. You'll do best to check into the small but delightful hotel called Oltre il Giardino. It's just a block away from the city centre, close to the Chiesa dei Frari. With only six rooms, it is a little oasis of peace backed with a beautiful and very romantic garden.
Among the city's artistic wonders I'd choose the Ca' d'Oro. Even though I see it everyday, its façade on the Canal Grande is breathtaking and the museum inside, which few know about, has an important art collection including Mantegna's San Sebastiano. The odd thing is that Ca' d'Oro is right opposite the Rialto, therefore very central, but it somehow remains isolated. It's one of those places that allows you to experience Venice as if it was your home.
Vetri Carlo Moretti
San Marco, 2970
Vetri Carlo Moretti is one of the last surviving "art factories" in Murano. It is founded in 1958 by Carlo and Giovanni Moretti, two young brothers from a family of glass factory owners in Murano. Carlo Morretti creates objects in Murano glass — unique pieces, numbered and signed, something between industrial design and artwork — that are sought out by private collectors and figures in permanent collections all over the world. Think the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to decorative art museums in Helsinki, Prague, and Paris.
Terraza Settimo Cielo
San Marco, 1459
This is a place that few people know about for breakfast or cocktails. It's located in the Hotel Bauer and ranks as one of the highest points in Venice, so there's always a bit of a breeze. I love how it's never crowded. On top of that, the view is breathtaking.
Campo del Ghetto
From an historical point of view, it's essential to see the jewish ghetto, founded in 1516. Few people know that the word ghetto comes from this very place because there used to be a foundry (geto) here. It is the only ghetto that's still intact in Europe and features five old synagogues and a very important Jewish museum.
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