In a very quiet courtyard off a busy street, the Ca’ Amadi guesthouse is set within a crumbling 13th-century building (purportedly occupied by explorer Marco Polo at one time)—and its old-fashioned look is a large part of its charm. With only six atmospheric rooms, you’ll get that personalized touch often lacking in larger places. It’s also very close to the must-see Rialto Market.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms vary a lot in size and quality, so make sure you research which one suits you best.
Each guest room is different and decorated in classic Venetian style, some with silk patterned walls, brocade curtains, and beamed ceilings. A few of the rooms also offer lovely canal views (though they can be noisy with early-morning canal traffic).
Splurge on the stunning and spacious junior suite if you can, all done up in reds and golds.
Bathrooms are marble, some with showers only and some with combination showers and tubs.
The long and narrow lobby, with beamed ceilings, doubles as the breakfast room—so while you’ll be eating there in the mornings, you probably won’t hang out here much otherwise.
A ferry from the Rialto vaporetto stop (2-minute walk) will take you down the Grand Canal all the way to San Marco. Plus the Rialto Bridge is as close as it gets for a wander around the market.
The tasting menu of Venetian specialties at L’Osteria di Santa Marina (3-minute walk) comes highly recommended. Book far in advance to try popular Alle Testiere (4-minute walk), which specializes in the freshest seafood dishes and has a daily changing menu. For a lively atmosphere near the Rialto Bridge, dishes using fresh market ingredients, and a fabulous canal-front terrace, Osteria Bancogiro (4-minute walk) can’t be beat.
The petite wine bar Un Mondo di Vino (4-minute walk) is a great place to enjoy aperitivi (wine or spritz and bar snacks). Don’t miss the snacks (called cicchetti) and wine at Cantina Do Mori (5-minute walk), the oldest bacaro (wine bar) in Venice. For something stronger, enjoy an Aperol Spritz and some cicchetti with Grand Canal views at Naranzaria (6-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Locanda Ca’ Amadi’s small size and Venetian-style rooms make it feel authentic, and the location is extremely convenient (if a tad busy). Plus getting a canal-view room really makes a stay here worthwhile.