This may be my sixth stay with the Pensione La Calcina and there will be more. It is certainly not the finest hostelerie in Venice nor the least expensive but in my humble estimation it is the best choice for an experienced traveler. To avoid the crush of the crowds descending from the 3000 plus cruise ship occupancies or the hot fishy clouds of humid salt air enveloping you from the summer canals; the constant maneuvering of narrow alleys and steep bridges , La Calcina is the oasis that is still only ten minutes from San Marco. The location that is close to everything and the positioning on the Giudecca Canal are its two premier advantages. The interiors feel dreary and tarnished, but the light from the south is intoxicating. I have twice stayed in interior (views of neighboring walls) but they are fine--my last one had a window in the bathroom which I love. the service used to be a bit ;'stiff' but is now very friendly and helpful. They make a 'mean' omelette for breakfast and their Fegato Veniziana is excellent so I have nothing bad to say about the kitchen. Massimo can serve Gin and Tonics at the cocktail hour as well as any tender in Venice. I have stayed many places in Venice from the Gritti and the Cipriani to humble pensiones on remote canals but I tend to always want to come back to La Calcina.
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- Pensione La Calcina Hotel Venice
- Venice La Calcina