I have always dreamed of seeing Venice, and as a senior citizen I was finally able to experience that exhilarating and thrilling moment of stepping from the train and walking a few steps...and catching my breath as I had my first view of the Grand Canal. What a moment! As I took in the view I spotted the hotel where I had made reservations, The Hotel Antiche Figure, across the Canal. How wonderful to see it right there! No wandering through the streets or taking expensive boat rides. All I had to do was walk across the bridge! The hotel is old and lovely and the staff extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. My room was comfortable and beautifully furnished. The bathroom included a tub, which I especially enjoyed after a lengthy train trips to Venice. My room also had a view of the Canal. I arrived early, but they checked me in right away. They gave me a map and some pointers about how to walk to the most interesting attractions. I walked and walked, and got lost more than once and loved every second of it! Every little twist and turn of the magnificent city offers something or someone of interest. You can walk to st. Mark's Square in about 15 to 20 minutes, but rather than going directly there (with its multitude of tourists) I suggest taking your time and seeing the smaller churches and shops on the way. I took a taxi from St. Mark's Square back to my room after a perfect afternoon. I listened to the night sounds on the Canal...just boat sounds...so different from the sounds of a big city. The next morning I went down for breakfast, and what a breakfast it is! An enormous spread is made available in two rooms with selections of cheese, meat, bread, fruit, cereal and yummy cakes. After checkout I was able to simply cross the bridge again and return to the train station for my trip to Florence. I only had one night in Venice, but it was a perfect visit...enhanced greatly by this marvelous hotel and the location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Antiche Figure is inside a beautiful XV century building overlooking the Grand Canal, very close to the main entrances of the city, Piazzale Roma (Bus Station, parkings and transfers to / from Marco Polo and Treviso airports), Central Trains Station (S. Lucia), Venice Shore. It's the ideal starting point to experience the atmosphere between 'calli' and 'campielli'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antiche Figure Hotel
- Antiche Figure Venice