Just minutes from the historic center of Venice, the Abbazia de luxe is a luxurious lodging created from the former monastery of the Frati Carmelitani Scalzi (barefoot Carmelite friars) of Venice; the interior is the fruit of an attentive and careful study of furnishings placing it among the best and most exclusive bed & breakfasts of Venice.
Each suite offers different environments, seducing guests with their extraordinary comfort and sensational decor. The fascinating fusion of styles of the rooms continues in the enchanting atmosphere of the reception area and hall; the rooms of the Abbazia de luxe also offer a fabulous view over the Grand Canal and the magnificent bridge, Ponte degli Scalzi.
At the boutique hotel Abbazia de luxe, the breakfast is served in a splendid room and a snack service is available for a relaxing break.
The personnel of the boutique hotel Abbazia de luxe is happy to provide any information regarding itineraries in the historic center of Venice, make reservations for guided tours to the museums of the city and find the best restaurant for a romantic candle-light dinner.
Near the Grand Canal and Santa Lucia train station, easy to reach in just 5 minutes from Piazzale Roma thanks to Ponte della Costituzione (or Ponte di Calatrava), the boutique hotel Abbazia de luxe is a luxurious oasis of peace in the tranquility of a Venetian “calle” (street), far from the confusion and crowds of tourists.
The stop for the ferry on the Canal Grande offers guests of the bed and breakfast Abbazia de luxe the possibility to explore Venice navigating among extraordinary palazzos and museums, facing the major waterway of the city.
Going beyond the bridge, Ponte degli Scalzi and the Baroque magnificence of the church of the same name, you may admire the Gothic-Byzantine combination of Palazzo Vendramin, site of the Casinò, and the splendor of the Cà d’Oro preceding the fabulous and famous architecture of the bridge Ponte di Rialto.
Turning toward the bridge, Ponte dell’Accademia, Palazzo Grassi and Cà Rezzonico, museum of the Venetian 17th century, sumptuously anticipate the surprising profiles of the Basilica della Salute at the entrance of the basin, Bacino di San marco.
The salon of Istria stone of piazza San Marco is a large space surrounded by porticoes of the Procuratie, adorned by the beautiful architecture of the basilica and dominated by the bell tower of San Marco reaching for the sky.
Just meters from the shore, Palazzo Ducale, former seat of the government of the Serenissima, preserves splendid frescoes by masters such as Titian and Tiepolo.
Within its gothic style facade is the extraordinary room of the Maggior Consiglio (High Council) and access to the prisons of the republic across the famous ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs).
ROOMS & SUITES
The suites of the Abbazia de luxe of Venice have view of the Grand Canal and are immersed in an enchanting and exclusive atmosphere. A luxurious environment created from a refined synthesis between contemporary style and classic touches finding a different expression in each suite.
The valuable furnishings and the splendid play of light of the rooms of the Abbazia de luxe offer maximum comfort, the silence of sound-proof rooms and have air conditioning, plasma TV , connection to ADSL internet , radio, safe and refrigerated bar.
The bathrooms of the suites are surprising for the elegance of their fabulous decor and offer the much-needed relaxation of a tub with hydromassage, shower, hairdryer and the always useful beauty kit.
Every year Venice is the preferred destination for art lovers from around the world; some basic stops are the famous pavilions of the Biennale art, in the area of the gardens, Giardini, the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, and the modern art gallery, Galleria art Moderna di Cà Pesaro, regularly exhibiting the work of young international talents.
Around Piazza San Marco many art galleries present the creations of acclaimed Italian and foreign artists . Not far away, turning toward San Samuele, we find the famous galleria Santo Stefano: its history includes the names of De Chirico, Morandi and Vedova.
Palazzo Grassi, recently re-opened by the French magnate Francois Pinault, has chosen to dedicate itself with great enthusiasm to contemporary art collections and offer views of the work of masters such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Maurizio Cattelan.
We must not forget the importance of the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim which, within walking distance of the bridge Ponte dell’Accademia, inside Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, displays an extraordinary series of works by Picasso, Mirò, and Pollock. Absolutely not to be missed.
Dedicating oneself to shopping in Venice is easy. And acquiring something typically Venetian is even easier. The famous carnival masks in terracotta or ceramics are still today probably the most sought-after product. In Venice, you will find every kind and at every price. A precious and original element for your decor.
Take a whole morning in Murano. The glass items produced, invented and promoted by the ancient masters of the island will enchant you with their beauty and authenticity. Lamps, vases and signed jewelry are part of the offerings that will never disappoint you, allowing you to take home a bit of the character of Venice.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for fashion shopping , turn along the Mercerie (haberdashery area) connecting San Marco to Rialto where every Italian and foreign brand is found in the elegant andexclusive boutiques of Gucci, Max Mara, Armani, and Cartier.
On the opposite side, just outside Piazza San Marco, Calle XXII Marzo presents the creations of Bulgari, Versace, and Damiani.