Pensione La Calcina
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... yourself to the grand canal and the tourist trap piazza's. Hop a Linea 5.1 ferry and do an outside lap of the islands and the city. See the ports and the working end of town. Go to Lido. See the lagoon. Have coffee on the south shore at Zattere. Watch the boats roll in. Get away from the T-shirt stand and leave the mask for the Carnivale. Seeing Lagoona Veneta reminds me of Morton Bay (and not just the mozzies). Large, wide, shallow in parts, islands dotted through, ...
... have done when the day was sunnier and not foggy. We bolted through the Venice streets with the aid of the google map app on Barry's iPhone and hastily found the boat we were meant to catch and jumped on. The boat was packed and very squashy but at least it was warm and gave us some welcomed relief from the cold outside. We exited off at Murano and found the island to be so quiet - there were hardly any people about at all. I guess no one ...
... waiters so service wasn't horribly fast, but we weren't in any rush and the food was decent.
After lunch, we found the water bus station and hopped on the bus back to St. Mark's square. The bus was packed so we had to stand during the journey. It was fun to see Venice go by out the windows of the bus. One of the sights was the other side of the Arsenale military complex we had seen yesterday. Within half an hour, we were back at St. Mark's ...
... the ferry with no impediment to our vision. The sun was shining, it was warm & we weren't crammed in like sardines. The only problem was, we were on the wrong ferry! This ferry gave us a great trip around the Grand Canal, stopping at every terminal, except the one we wanted. No big deal, we had plenty of time & plenty of hrs left on our ticket. A very nice ferry attendant gave us clear directions, & we were heading in the right direction across to S Giorgio Maggiore Island ...
... order to be able to drive to Venice and have a good day. As I was driving, I realized how beautiful Italy was. There were many mountains and their were many plains.
I finally arrived to Venice and it is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPensione La Calcina Venice
Die Küche ist toll, die Terrasse auf dem Kanal auch. Das Frühstück ist lecker.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pensione La Calcina Venice
Very Pleasant in Dorsoduro on the Giudecca
La Calcina is a small (less than 30 rooms) hotel sitting on the Giudecca Canal. The rooms were small and well furnished with good bathrooms and good service. There is a small restaurant with good food and a reduced price for guest's who chose to have dinner there. The breakfast was a very adequate buffet and included in the price of the room. Walking to the Accademia bridge takes about 5 minutes.
Just got back from a 3 day stay this lovely hotel. 1 minute from the water bus stop, very easy to find.
Staff are excellent and cannot do more to help. It was lovely to leave the busy St.Marks area to get back to the hotel.
Had booked a room with 2 views, frontal and corner. amazing to wake up looking out over Venice.
Couldn't have asked for more from our stay in the hotel. Would stay there again and again.
Nowhere else for the price/charm
My history of having stayed at La Calcina four times for a total of about 6 weeks is testimony to my love of this hotel. Why would anyone stay close to St. MArks or along the busy Merceria! The quiet location looking ovet the Giudecca Canal and the charm of the rooms and common areas make it ideal. Meals, including the breakfast provided, can be taken ont the floaing deck, one of the most scenic places to eat in Venice (OK, not as nice as the Ciprianni gardents!) Do not bother to pay extra for the rooms overlooking the water. Pedestrian and boat traffic detract enormously, and who would spend much time in the rooms anyway. Back rooms are perfectly quiet. Strange deposit policy: personal cheque.
My wife and I returned to this pensione on the Zattere Quay after an absence of 45 years. Nothing essential appeared to have changed, our welcome was warm and friendly. We had asked for a canal (Guidecca) view and got one, but on the fourth floor(and no lift) which made demands at the end of a long day's walking through the city. The restaurant is excellent and so is the smaller restaurant built out over the water. We had no rain in our five days there, which made it easy to eat out each midday. The waterbus service from the airport is currently terminating a few metres away from the pensione which makes arriving and departing very much easier than formerly - but these things can change without much warning. High recommended for those who like a quiet place to which they can retire at the end of an active say.
We stayed at La Calcina for 2 nights in May 2002. We took a water taxi from the train station, and it dropped us right next to the hotel--it was very nice not having to tote luggage for blocks! The people at the desk were charming and all of our arrangements went as planned. It is clean and very reasonably priced. Be aware that they will request a check as a down payment, and they cash it as soon as they get it! We booked in January, and got the last two rooms--two very small ones, one facing the canal, one inside. I could barely turn around in there, but then who is at the hotel when all of Venice awaits? The window on the inside room faced a small patio where the restaurant next door did their housekeeping, so it was a little noisy around 8 am. But we didn't care, because Venice is at it's very best before 9am and we were long gone. The breakfast buffet was sufficient, if unimaginative. Their floating deck/cafe is very nice, but the food and service were just average. There are only two ways to get to San Marco from there-across the Accademia Bridge (which we got to know very well) and on the ferry boat (which stops running at 6pm sharp). Although it's a very nice hotel, when we go again we're going to look for a place up by the Rialto Bridge, where the connections are better. Have a wonderful time and give Bella Venezia a kiss for me.
We stayed at the Calcina by chance as we had tried to get in the Accademia and they could not fit us in for the whole time so we stayed 2 nights at Calcina and 3 nights at Accademia. I loved the Calcina though was not as grand as Accademia but had great charactor - we got put in one of their Apartments which is round the corner from the hotel for 1 night and then in the hotel the 2nd night. Despite having to move rooms (our fault we booked too late!!) it was not hassle - they had a ported do all the moving for us. The accommodation was great especially the apartment off the beaken track - the staff were lovely and I was so relaxed within hours of checking in. What is nice also is the location - away form the tourist drag in the university area - some great & not too expensive eating places around there. The terrace was great for having coffee on and a pre dinner glass of wine. No need to stay near St Marks square at all - to be honest was glad to leave the hustle and bustle and go back to the quiet neighbourhood at the end of a long day !!! Loverly....
Bad Deposit Policy
This is not a comment about the quality of the hotel but instead only about their deposit policy, which makes no sense and is poor customer service. They require the first night paid in advance to secure the booking, and they require you to pay by personal cheque, even if you are from a non-euro country. This makes no sense, as the hotel generally accepts credit cards, so they should accept a credit card for this purpose. Also, they charge a ridiculous conversion rate into euros when you pay by personal cheque.
I've stayed twice at Pensione la Calcina ('99 and '02). It is in a quiet, residental corner of Venice, the Dorsoduro on the Guidecca canal, that is a welcome relief from the crowds of San Marco - a 25 minute walk away. The Zaterre vaporetto and water shuttle from the airport take you with 100 meters of la Calcina. A short walk takes you to the Accademia bridge. Nearby, there are stores (the Bac and Sent galleries), restaurants, a bank, and a supermarket (west along the fondamenta over several bridges).
Venice at its Best
I have stayed at the Pensione la Calcina for two consecutive years. I find the accomodations charming and the staff friendly, competent and helpful.
The morning buffet breakfast is particularly good and can be had, during the warmer months, on the wonderful floating raft-terrace just opposite the hotel. This feature (the terrace on the canal) alone is unique in Venice and adds much to the charm of Ruskin's old residence.
I highly recommend the Pensione la Calcina.
Richard B. Hall Boston, Massachusetts