Hotel Foscari Palace

Campo Santo Sofia, Cannaregio 4200/1/2, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy

Liz Humphreys

With a prime location near the Grand Canal but in the quiet Cannaregio district, this 16th-century palace-turned-hotel features large rooms and is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the Rialto Bridge. There’s also a great rooftop deck complete with amazing views.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The décor at Foscari Palace is a bit plain and dated compared to other Venetian palace-hotels. So you may want to think about staying elsewhere if you’re a fan of sumptuous fabrics and exquisite details.


Though rooms are on the large side, with marble floors and beamed ceilings, they’re not as luxurious as those at other palace hotels. In fact, the furniture is rather standard (and sometimes in need of repair), and the rooms lack the antiques, chandeliers, and charm commonly found in this type of hotel.

Some rooms have small balconies with canal views, so snatch one if you can.


Marble bathrooms are good-sized, and many have Jacuzzi tubs with attached showers.


The Foscari Palace lobby is atmospheric, with beamed ceilings and marble columns, and a few armchairs to relax in—though you may want to head outside to bask in the water views instead, since you’re in Venice, after all.


Though there’s no formal restaurant, Foscari Palace sometimes offers special dinners to guests, often with live concerts as part of the meal.


There’s a small bar where guests can enjoy drinks in the evening, with a bonus outdoor terrace.


Getting Around

A ferry from the Ca’ d’Oro vaporetto stop (2-minute walk) will drop you off in San Marco and other locations around Venice. You can also take a traghetto from the nearby Santa Sofia stop (1-minute walk) that will take you directly across the canal to the Rialto. Plus, you can walk to San Marco in less than 15 minutes


Cozy Osteria Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova (2-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 (4-minute walk) offers tasty pastas and seasonal dishes with a great wine list.


El Sbarlefo Cannaregio (4-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 (6-minute walk) is a great place to enjoy aperitivi (wine or spritz and bar snacks).


Foscari Palace is right on the water—exactly where we want to be when in Venice— and the location is extremely handy for sailing or walking all over town. Though it’s admittedly showing a bit of wear and tear, it’s a good choice for those (like families) who want larger-size rooms away from the craziness of San Marco.


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