Fodor's Expert Review
Six-room B&B Alla Vite Dorata, down a narrow street that ends at the small Rio Ca’ Dolce canal, has simple Venetian-style rooms, personable service, and a charming location just a short walk to the Rialto Bridge. The neighborhood feels authentic and is home to some highly rated restaurants—and prices are on the (relatively) gentle side.
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Bright fabrics on the canopy beds, bedspreads, pillows, and curtains as well as original beamed ceilings enliven simple Venetian-style rooms with neutral-colored walls.
Tip Ask in advance for a room with canal views.
En-suite tile bathrooms all have showers.
The small lobby has beamed ceilings and a Murano glass chandelier; it’s not really a place to hang out, but then again, you do have all of Venice to explore just outside the door.
There’s no restaurant at Alle Vite Dorata, but a basic breakfast is served every morning in a pretty yellow-accented room with beamed ceilings.
Tip Wake up early to snag the one table out on a terrace overlooking the charming canal.
The Ca’ d’Oro vaporetto stop, from which a boat will shuttle you all around Venice, is only a 5-minute stroll away. It’s also straightforward to get to and from the airport by boat; take the Alilaguna airport boat to the Fondamenta Nuove stop, from which it’s a 6-minute walk to the B&B. Boats to Murano, Burano, and Torcello also leave from the same stop.
Cozy Osteria Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova (4-minute walk) is known for its polpette (fried meatballs) and local vino. Reserve in advance for a great selection of traditional dishes—especially the seafood—at Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi (3-minute walk). Charming family-run Vini da Gigio (6-minute walk) offers tasty pastas and seasonal dishes with a great wine list.
El Sbarlefo Cannaregio (2-minute walk) offers delicious cicchetti like the classic sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), plus a good choice of wines and cocktails, while petite wine bar Un Mondo di Vino (4-minute walk) is a great place to enjoy aperitivi (wine or spritz and bar snacks).