We have just returned from the seventh of what has become an annual stay in Venice, four of which have been at La Calcina, and have already re-booked for next year!
We are only sorry that we have to wait for 12 months before returning and being able to open the shutters on awakening to be transfixed by the pearly iridescence of the morning light on the Giudecca and to see and hear the growl and putter of the working and pleasure boats and the sweet and mellow clangour of the bells of the Redentore and its sister chuches as they greet the day.
The location is quite wonderful: on the Zattere 50 metres from the vaporetto and Alilaguna stops - or you can get a water-taxi direct to the steps by the front door. It faces almost due south onto the Giudecca in the comparatively quiet sestiere of Dorsoduro, and yet is only a 20-minute stroll over the Accadamia Bridge to the tumult of St Mark's Square.
The hotel has an unpretentious charm all its own and is simply but sympathetically furnished with unfussy period pieces alongside the usual modern conveniences (including complimentary Wifi). The staff are helpful, courteous and efficient.
The food is good: it is a delight to eat breakfast out on the floating deck in the sunshine and we normally have at least two dinners there (although we enjoy a trawl around the local restaurants); there is a discount and free glass of wine with dinner for residents.
We look forward to our return - twelve months seems a long time!
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