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An old arch and beyond it a typical Venentian courtyard shelter this small oasis of peace and tranquillity…

Boasting traditional floors "alla Veneziana" and typical local lead-latticed windows – created by Murano glass masters – the guest house offers a complete array of modern services provided in the best guest houses in Venice.
This mix of tradition and modernity has been the guiding spirit of Laura and Massimo, the young Venetian owners, in overseeing every detail to make it one of the best hotels next to the Grand Canal.

Every morning, for example, particular care is paid to breakfast, served (upon request) either at the dining hall or in your room.
In the evening, you may participate in a “briefing” that includes suggestions and detailed recommendations to help our guests see places that are less likely to be visited by the common tourist, and discover with little effort the magic, history and mystery of the city: from Hugo Pratt’s Imaginary Venice (adapted from his Corto Maltese drawings and texts) to a Venice of fun and pleasure of the old taverns.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Frugal Venice, Family Style by Matt Gross

Ca’ Arco Antico, a family-run bed-and-breakfast in the sestiere, or district, of San Polo, about five minutes’ walk from the Rialto Bridge. Ca’ Arco lay down an alley, the Calle del Forno, and opened onto an arched courtyard centered on a pozzo, a traditional cistern. Inside, up a staircase, was the main floor, where eight rooms were clustered around a hallway and a breakfast area. Our room was, to our astonishment, enormous, with gold-patterned silk wallpaper, colorful marble-powder floors, a Murano glass chandelier and a cute (and free) crib, which Sasha, sadly, never took to.

Gold damask curtains covered the windows, and I pushed them aside to discover a balcony that looked down the remaining 50 yards of the Calle del Forno to the Grand Canal, where vaporetti, gondolas, postal boats and small barges drifted past my slice of the most important view in Venice. It was a view that changed every day, the buildings falling into sharp, shadowed relief when the sun glared, or growing old and gauzy in the chill morning mist. Flowers bloomed against the drear atop one wall, and laundry bloomed on Sunday. For a week, it felt like home.

The price for this nearly perfect (breakfast was merely O.K.) corner of Venice varies from 170,00 euros a night in high season to 70 euros a night in low season with a 5 percent discount for paying cash…