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Sept. 2, 2010
We arrived in Venice right on schedule. We are getting better at reading the train station schedules and are much more comfortable with it. We met an American family on the train in La Spezia that were heading to Florence. They thought we were quite organized with our printed out train schedule of all the stops and commented …
VERY tired at the end of the day, we have done a lot of walking, not just in Venice, but so far on the holiday.
Today we walked around the main islands for about 7 hours. The architecture is brilliant, and combined with the canals and maze of laneways, it is a great place to get lost, but easily found again.
The place is littered with …
Decided to catch the ferry to the Venetian Island of Murano.
This is just 5 minutes to the North of the main islands, and a lot less crowded.
It is where all the glass blowing is done and is extremely famous for its glass products.
As such, Teresa had a great time wandering through all the shops working out what to spend our money on.< …
... as boarding passes even though it was a domestic flight. Amazing. What on earth for? We queued up to show our boarding passes, then queued again to wait for the bus to take us to the plane. Highly inefficient but this is Italy...... Like Jetstar used to be before they realised how inefficient it is (the English, who run Easyjet I think, are not there yet) there is no prebooked seating so it's first in best dressed unless you pay to have priority boarding. As our flight was only ...
Next on the must-see list of Italy was Venice. For pure wow factor alone, this may be one of my all time favorite cities. The island portion of Venice is truly fascinating with no motor vehicles or really even bicycles, because anything with wheels would need to navigate a veritable maze of waterways, bridges, and stairs. Transportation by boat is the norm and the water buses are just as efficient as a regular city bus with a no nonsense pick up and drop off and move on routine. One of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corte 1321 Venice
Corte 1321 Well worth the stay
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Being a gay couple can sometimes bring quizzical looks from proprietors, but not here! The host was most welcoming and not the least bit judgemental.
They have since changed their name to from Ca' Bernardi to Corte 1321 (Court 1321), which is their building number.
The decor was inviting and respectful of the Venetian heritage, a la Marco Polo. The colors were warm and inviting. I felt like we were truly getting our money's worth, especially compared to the other hotels we have stayed at in Venice. The courtyard is truly spacious by Venetian standards. I just wish it had been a little warmer for us to have enjoyed it more often; but it was in the 40s in December. I really felt like a fortunate local having the space to splay my New York Times out on a table while completing the sunday crossword in total serenity.
The air is so clean here and the very quiet atmosphere made me feel more tranquil than I ever could have imagined in such a compact city.
The breakfast pastries were truly outstanding. I know I will dream about the almond croissants when I go to my local coffee shop (in St. Paul) and have to choose from the mass produced and packaged fare there.
The location was exceptional. I didn't feel like I was stuck in a touristy area, yet we were so close to everything. After touring the city each day, we were so happy to come back to such a perfect Venetian neighborhood. There were many decent restaurants, snack bars and cafés within a few blocks of Corte 1321.
I feel we will never have to look for any other place to stay in Venice in the future, unless we are willing to shell out alot more money to stay in a place with a view of the Grand Canal. Although I don't think we would trade such peacefulness for a much more expensive view.
Wonderful small charming B&B- Used to be Ca'Bernardi
We just spent a 5 night holiday in Venice and stayed at a wonderful B&B in the center of town- sestiere San Polo- at Corte1321 which used to be called Ca'Bernardi. (The owner Amelia told me that for legal reasons they were recommended to change their name. I guess there is another hotel with a similar name.) My husband Rick and I really enjoyed talking with Amelia about Venice and her general life story. She was funny and very patient with all of our questions. She helped arrange a Gondola tour- at a discounted rate!! Her dinner recommendations were right on and we had some excellent meals.
I loved our room, the Verde, which had a nice view of the courtard and when I hung my head out of the bathroom window I saw the canal below with a tied up Gondola. After a quick tour I noticed that the rooms were exactly as we saw on the web site.(which isn't always true as we have experienced in past travels)
I enjoyed the off season moment- we got to see everything with no lines! I do want to come back in the summer just to sit and have a Spritz in the courtyard. Oh the free internet was brilliant! I emailed my girls everyday which made it seem like we were less far away.
Spacious room, gracious hostess, and key location!
The Ca Bernardi was our last stop on our Italian vacation in October 2005. We were greeted by Amelia and shown our room. What a spacious room! And it had two bathrooms! The bigger bathroom had a wonderful oversized bathtub and a standing shower. Our room overlooked the courtyard and was very private and quite. The breakfast in the morning was made up of a great selection of breads, croissants, and even a donut...and of course espresso and juice. We were a bit worried with the directions to the B&B after we read...by the small tree make a left. But, we walked exactly as the directions states, saw the small tree, and turned left to knock on the door. Very easy to get there from the Vaporetto stop. The Rialto bridge was only a 5 miutes' walk from our room. And St. Mark's square was about 15. We loved the San Polo neighborhood, and found the prices a bit cheaper than those in San Marco. All together, a wonderful place to stay. Be sure to check out some of the books that they have as reference in the B&B..it helped us pick out some lovely spots for dinner and lunch.
Luxury on a budget!
This was the largest of any of our rooms during our tour of Italy. Our room was off a secluded, lush courtyard. The proprietor was American (I believe) and she bent over backwards for us. Upon our arrival into Venice it was pouring. We trudged through the rain from the parking garage to the water bus station (FYI - get off the water bus at the San Silvestro bus stop), to the hunt for the hotel. The map from Venere was not detailed enough to find Ca Bernardi. We walked in circles for an hour in the rain before admitting defeat and calling her. She completely understood our inability to find the place and came to the San Silvestro bus stop to fetch us. She then walked us the 2 minutes back to the B&B. Luckily our room was huge and had radiators, because we needed them to dry out our clothes (suitcases were sopping wet) and us. She brought us breakfast in our room the next morning since it was still sprinkling out. (the next morning we dined in the courtyard). Breakfast was rolls, danishes, yogurt, juice and coffee. We were extremely satisfied with our stay there. The only thing to note is that she only accepts cash for payment. There is an ATM around the corner, so this isn't a huge issue, but good to know ahead of time if you're like us and don't travel with cash.
The Best of Venice B&B!!
There is no better place to start your vacation than this amazing Venice B&B! From the very first moment after we landed at the Venice Airport and made one phone call to Deborah, to let her know we finally made it. We were embraced with grace and warmth by our hostess! We were meet at the vaporetta stop "San Silverstro" which was a God send, since we had missed our connection and were extremely exhausted when we arrived
We personally taken back to their home and as you enter into the B&B there is this beautiful ancient black Venetian door that Deborah whisked opened and we were transported into magnificent courtyard of peace and tranquility, filled with plants, trees and hidden in the mist were tables and chairs for one to sit and relax, or listen to the beautiful sounds of the birds, or just have a glass of wine "prosecco" the Nectar of the Gods. We really enjoyed this sanctuary after a long day of walking and admiring the beauty of Venice, it was a pleasant way to end the day
From the courtyard we were taken up a flight of steps down a beautiful hallway (with inlay wood windows on the left, that open onto a canal) which leads to all the rooms, and has a very old rectangle table that holds all kinds of great guide books on Venice and business cards on the local restaurants which you can pick up one and ask Deborah on the inside scoop on that restaurant, and if needed she can call to make a reservation.
There were 3 bedrooms upstairs. Our spacious room had dark exposed wood beams in the ceiling, a handsome handmade platform queen size bed, with a beautiful bedspread with hand ironed sheets. There is a couch, table and two sitting chairs, along with a wardrobe to hang your clothes in. The best part of the room was the glorious bath room to include a bathtub! (Actually there were two bathrooms) We had a gorgeous view of the courtyard and at night we were able to open the windows and hear the sounds of the night. The most amazing part of the lavish room, it comes equipped with air-conditioning and two wall units at that!
In the morning your breakfast is served in the courtyard Amelia and Deborah put on this lavish breakfast of the finest pastries from the local bakery, (The chocolate ones are the best), hot coffee, tea, juices - passion fruit and orange juice (Ruby red) which is outstanding!!!, jam, butter and some cheese, fit for a King or Queen.
This lovely B&B, is centrally located to some of the greatest finds in Venice. You are only minutes away from the breath taking Rialto Bridge and Fish Market, which holds some if the finest fruits, vegetables and Fish!! There are some very outstanding restaurants,"Antico Dolo", and Vivialdi's" The best Chichetti bar is called "Alla Botte" ask for directions.
If I had a inside link to heaven, this B&B is the next thing to heaven for sure These two outstanding women have not only taking a old building and turned it into awesome B&B, but they have brought a little pieces of heaven all the way from San Francisco to Venice! I would recommend this place to all who come to Venice and should never be missed as your next place away from home.
I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone who visits Venice. It was divine and luxurious, compared to other places we stayed in Italy. Probably the main reason for this bold statement is that we paid 150 euros a night, which might be high for those on a budget. But then it IS expensive in Venice.
The B&B is minutes away from the San Silvestro vaporetto stop, and minutes away from restos, shops, and the fantastic Rialto market. Owners were friendly. We had stayed in a studio apt that had a small kitchen, so we were able to make a wonderful Italian meal with the seasonal asparagus, zuchini, stuffed pasta, white wine and fresh Parmesan from the shops closeby.
Inside the studio, it is very spacious, large enough for 3 people, and still lots of room to move around and for the dining table. The bathroom was roomy, and had modern finishes. Beds were comfortable. We were able to control the heat ourselves. Lighting was bright. The kitchen had a small fridge, gas stove, sink, basic food items - oil, sugar, some tea, salt, coffee, balsamic vinegar, pots and pans. We were well equipped to cook something simple, store our goodies, and save some money!
Breakfast is served in the quaint and private courtyard. We were pleasantly surprised by the spread that greeted us - fresh selection of pastries, hot coffee, tea, juices - passion fruit, green apple (the juice is really green!), and orange juice - jam, butter and some cheese. It was our first civilized breakfast in Italy! The food and freshness of it was so unlike what we ate in our past budget hotels.
While there was no TV in the room, overall, we would recommend this hotel to honeymooners, couples, business travellers, families, and friends.
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we loved this place.It felt like our own little private Venetian palace.A fantastic location near the Rialto but away from the throng,gorgeous little courtyard and wonderfully spacious rooms.Amelia was very helpful and even had a chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting for us,a great find.
What a fantastic gem! Our stay at Ca'Bernardi was just wonderful, from the comfortable and stylish rooms, to the fantastic breakfast in bed, to the wonderful mother daughter team who made our stay so enjoyable. The location was close enough to parking that we walked in (rather than taking an expensive water taxi or a crowded boat), yet it is close enough to all the major sights that we were able to see the city. I can't wait to come back!
Wonderful stay, large private suite
We stayed at the Ca' Vivaldi, the sister hotel to Ca'Bernardi and loved it!
We had 5 people in our party and it was by far the largest apartment we had on our 3 week tour of Europe.
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen, all centrally located to the rialto bridge, would definately stay here again.
Loved, loved, loved our stay!
This was one of the top places we stayed in all of Italy. It was gorgeous inside and out, with top of the line amenities - fabulous bathrooms (spacious even!), helpful owners, and a great breakfast. There were four of us and we stayed in the Gialla(?) room. Loved it.
I was cautious when we booked because I couldn't find a review anywhere, but that is because it is a newly opened b&b run by a San Francisco transplanted mother and daughter team. The great thing about this is that 1) they speak english as well as Italian and 2) have lived locally long enough to offer recommendations and suggestions of places to go and eat, etc. I would totally stay here again on our next trip to Venice. There were people every day calling to get one of the few rooms, and if you did you truly felt as if you lucked out. I'd definitely call in advance for a reservation.