Ca Maria Adele – Decadent Baroque bolthole in tranquil Dorsoduro.
Brothers Alessio and Nicola welcome you at this over-the-top romantic hotel which is Baroque decadence personified. The design is truly striking – from the five ‘concept’ rooms, decked out according to individual themes in rich fabrics and antique furnishings, to the subtly-lit hallways, hung with Murano glass chandeliers and lined with Roman columns. The top-floor suites are the ultimate in comfort and design, and the service is wonderfully attentive, whether serving aperitifs on the outdoor terrace overlooking the canal or cooking your breakfast to order. Nothing is too much trouble and the location is superb: a short hop across the Grand Canal from Venice’s top attractions and an easy walk from Dorsoduro’s sights, eateries, and independent shops.
Ca Maria Adele – Location
- Address: Dorsoduro 111.
- Nearest Vaporetto Stop: The Salute vaporetto stop is a 2-minute walk (100m) away. It’s served by vaporetto #1, which connects this part of Dorsoduro to San Marco, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, and Castello, as well as Lido de Venezia and Venice’s railway station.
- Area: Situated down a quiet, narrow, canalside lane near the eastern tip of Dorsoduro, just one stop on the vaporetto across the Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco and all its heavyweight attractions. It’s a 7-minute walk (0.4 mile) to the Accademia Bridge and Gallerie dell’Accademia. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is even closer – a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile) away. Dorsoduro’s many restaurants and bars are within a 12-minute stroll and there are many quirky, independent shops nearby that sell everything from art to unique jewelry.
- How to Get There: From Venice’s main Marco Polo Airport, take the orange Line A of the Alilaguna Airport Shuttle directly to the Giglio vaporetto stop across the Grand Canal from the hotel. (€15, around one hour). From here, change to vaporetto #1 and ride for one more stop to Salute from where it’s a 2-minute walk (100m) to the hotel. If coming from the Santa Lucia train station (Ferrovia stop), take vaporetto #1 directly to the Salute vaporetto stop (around 35 minutes). If coming from Treviso airport, take a direct bus to Piazzale Roma (23 miles, 45 minutes) and then vaporetto #1 to Salute (35 minutes). If traveling light, take the express vaporetto #2 both from Ferrovia and Piazzale Roma to Accademia, from where it’s an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) to the hotel.
- Handy to: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Piazza San Marco.
Ca Maria Adele – The Basics
- Ages: This hotel very much has an adult feel to it and the majority of guests tend to be couples on a romantic vacation/city break. Families with older children (16+) can be accommodated, though.
- View: Rooms look out either over the canal (with glimpses of Venice’s roofs and the Grand Canal from those higher up) or have partial canal and street views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry service available (additional charge).
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: Cozy lounge for guests, outdoor terrace overlooking the canal, honesty bar, highly personalized service from hospitable owners, personal shoppers and private tours of Venice on request, turndown service, dedicated 24-hour concierge.
- When to Book: Book 6 months to a year in advance for the high season (Carnival in February, April-June, and September-October) and 3 months in advance for the March and July-August shoulder seasons. Two-night minimum stay required during the high season.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +39 041 520 3078
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: camariaadele.it
Ca Maria Adele – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa but in-room massage can be arranged.
- Fitness Center: No gym.
- For Disabled Guests: Not really suitable for disabled guests.
- For Families: One of the two suites has a sofa bed for an older child, but otherwise there are no specific family-friendly facilities.
Ca Maria Adele – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: No on-site restaurant, but snacks are available for guests from 10 am to 11 pm. Numerous restaurants are located nearby.
- Bar: There’s an honesty bar stocked with wines and spirits.
- Breakfast: A generous a la carte breakfast can be ordered the night before, complete with egg dishes cooked to order, and is included in the price. Served between 8-10 am in the dining room or on the outdoor terrace; guests can also choose to have breakfast in bed.
- Room Service: No room service besides the option of having breakfast in your room.
Ca Maria Adele – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Double • Junior Suite • Suite • One-Bedroom Apartment
- Smoking Rooms: Ca Maria Adele is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: All the “concept rooms” (Junior Suites) are individually decorated, so it depends on your taste. The Doge’s Room with its crimson brocade was given the World’s 2nd Sexiest Hotel room accolade in 2014 by Mr & Mrs Smith and is one of the hotel’s most romantic rooms. Both suites have great views of Venice’s rooftops, but Suite 336 has a bathtub and its own private terrace overlooking the canal.
- For Families: No family rooms per se, but the suite with the extra sofa bed can accommodate an older child and Palazetto 113 apartment next door can accommodate up to 4 people.
Ca Maria Adele – Local Transport
- Walking: Ca Maria Adele is located within easy walking distance of sights in Dorsoduro: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Gallerie dell’ Accademia, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, and Punta della Dogana are all within a 5-minute stroll. San Marco’s iconic sights – the Piazza San Marco and surrounding attractions – can be accessed via a 15-minute walk across the Accademia Bridge, though it’s quicker to take the vaporetto. Sights in San Polo and Santa Croce are walkable via Dorsoduro (all are within a 15 to 25-minute walk), while attractions in Cannaregio and Castello can also be reached on foot via San Marco if you don’t mind walking at least 25-30 minutes one way.
- Vaporetto: Venice’s biggest attractions in San Marco are a 3-minute, one-stop vaporetto #1 ride away from the Salute stop near the hotel (100m, 2-minute walk). Castello is a 6 to 10-minute vaporetto ride away, while Lido di Venezia is around 20 minutes by vaporetto. Since vaporetto #1 stops at every single stop along the Grand Canal, it’s worth walking for 8 minutes (0.4 mile) from the hotel and catching vaporetto #2 from the Accademia stop instead; it’s an express service and a quicker way of reaching other parts of San Marco, Castello, Dorsoduro, parts of Santa Croce, San Polo, and Cannaregio (the S. Marcuola stop, handy for the Jewish Ghetto, is a 15-minute ride away). For Guidecca, take vaporetto #1 from Salute for 2 stops to S. Zaccaria and then switch to vaporetto #4.1 or #4.2. For Murano, take vaporetto #2 from the Accademia stop for 6 stops to Ferrovia and switch to vaporetto #4.1 or #4.2. It’s worth buying a multi-day vaporetto Travel Card online if you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing; individual tickets can be purchased at most vaporetti stops. Validate your pass/ticket before embarking.
- Water Taxi: Water taxis aren’t cheap but they are handy if you’re in a rush (since they are considerably faster than vaporetti) or have a lot of luggage. It costs around €90 from the airport to your hotel. Getting around Venice costs €15 base fare, plus €2 per minute, with a €10 surcharge between 10 pm and 6 am. Official water taxis have yellow strips with their respective license numbers and you can find them at the airport, Piazzale Roma, and at Tronchetto; your hotel can also call one.
Ca Maria Adele – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Tours by Locals – Excellent, varied tours with multilingual local guides, ranging from private walking tours of the Piazza San Marco and surrounding attractions to Venice by night tours, early morning walking tours, private food tours, and more. Starting point depends on the tour.
- See Venice – Venetian native Luisella Romeo leads engaging, small-group tours of the city off the beaten path in San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, and Castello, along the hidden waterways in less-trodden corners of neighborhoods. She also offers art, music-themed, and private tours of the Doge’s Palace, Piazza San Marco, and the Basilica. Departure points vary.
- Venice Original Photo Walk – Getty photographer Marco Secchi leads early morning and late afternoon small-group tours of the city, teaching you how to get the best snaps of its streets and iconic landmarks. Departure points vary.
- Walks Inside Venice – Small-group and private walking/boat tours of the city, include iconic landmarks such as St Mark’s Square, Rialto Market, and Murano glass-blowing workshops. Departure points vary.
- Monica Cesarato Food Tours – Passionate local blogger Monice takes you on specialized food tours of the city, from cicheti (Venetian tapas bars) to wine tasting, cake, and chocolate tours. Departure points vary.
- Gondola Rides – Gondolas are synonymous with Venice and it’s hard to think of a more quintessential Venetian experience, whether you’re being taken on a scenic spin along the Grand Canal or exploring the narrow waterways that bisect Venice’s sestieri (districts). Gondola rides cost €80 for 40 minutes (€100 for 40 minutes after 7 pm), not including tips or singing. There are numerous gondola posts throughout the city, including one in front of the Piazza San Marco on the Grand Canal. Agree on price and time limit. Cheaper shared gondola rides are available and you can hop across the Grand Canal in a gondola for as little as €2 per person. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Venice Bites Food Tours – Engaging food tours “off the eaten path” that help you uncover local secrets in Dorsoduro, San Polo, and Cannaregio. Depart either from in front of the Gallerie dell’Accademia (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) or the Campo San Giacomo de Rialto (1 mile, 17 minutes by vaporetto).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Antinoo’s Lounge – Inside the Centurion Palace hotel, this is a thoroughly modern restaurant where you can look out over the Grand Canal while dining on imaginative fusion dishes by the hotshot young chef. Reservations necessary. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Bar Alla Tolleta – This cheap and cheerful sandwich bar specializes in tramezzini (triangular stacked sandwiches) as well as grilled-to-order panini. Ideal for quick bites while exploring Dorsoduro; limited seating. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Al Vecio Marangon – On Calle della Tolleta, this is one of Dorsoduro’s best picks for homecooked local fare. Homey interior, short menu, and classic dishes such as polpette (meatballs) and baccala montecto (whipped cod with olive oil). 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Enoteca Ai Aristi – Run by owners who really know their wines, this bistro supports small local producers and specializes in dishes made from ingredients from the Veneto Lagoon. Grab a sidewalk table if you want to people-watch. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Ristoteca Oniga – Right on Dorsoduro’s Campo San Barnaba, this cozy, informal restaurant with heavy wooden beams is all about seafood from the Venetian Lagoon as well as clever pasta dishes. Great wine list. Sit inside or grab a seat right on the square. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Club del Doge – Elegant restaurant with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Specializes in locavore Venetian cuisine. Romantic ambience; book ahead. 7 minutes by vaporetto.
- Osteria da Carla – Pared-down setting – exposed stone walls and white linen – and wonderfully innovative takes on Venetian dishes, informed by the owner’s global travels. Emphasis on locavore cuisine and seasonal menu. Romantic. 9 minutes (0.4 mile) by vaporetto.
- Antico Martini – Just outside the Teatro La Fenice, this venerable restaurant is all white linen and refined takes on Venetian seafood and pasta dishes. 9 minutes (0.4 mile) by vaporetto.
- Trattoria Vini da Arturo – Atmospheric ‘meatery’ with a vast range of steaks and meat dishes, run by the same owner for over 40 years. Pricey but good for special occasions. 11 minutes by vaporetto (0.5 mile).
- Quadri – Michelin-starred dining inside a palazzo right on the Piazza do San Marco. Tasting menus of seafood-heavy Venetian dishes in an elegant ambience. On the ground floor there’s the more wallet-friendly Quadrino, with a la carte dishes and great views of the square. Advance bookings a must. 11 minutes (0.6 mile) by vaporetto.
- Ai Mercanti – This bistro has a romantic ambience and a short and sweet menu of imaginative fusion dishes such as duck breast with buckwheat and cumquat and teriyaki eel with black cabbage. Great veggie options, too. 13 minutes (0.6 mile) by vaporetto.
Best Nearby Bars and Cicheti
- Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi (Al Bottegon) – One of many old-school bacari (wine bars) in Dorsoduro, this canalside place dates back decades. Inside, you’ll find décor out of the 1950s, plenty of regulars, and some terrific local tipples. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- El Chioschetto – A minute’s walk west from the Zattere Ponte Lungo vaporetto stop, this thimble-sized bar is the place to come to for a sundowner cocktail while admiring the view of the Giudecca Canal from your table. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Bar Aristi Osteria ai Pugni – Overlooking the canal, half a block west of Campo San Barnaba, this buzzy neighborhood bar is a great place to educate yourself about Veneto wines (50 or so by the glass) while fighting off hunger with a selection of cicheti. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Harry’s Bar – Step into this legendary bar by the Grand Canal and it’s like stepping back into the 1930s – from the polished mahogany bar to the genteel clientele. Classic cocktails are what they do best: go for a Negroni or Bellini. 6 minutes (0.3 mile) by vaporetto.
- Ombra del Leone – This aperitivo bar and restaurant sits on the banks of the Grand Canal, inside the gothic Ca’ Giustinian palace, used as HQ by those who organize the Venice Film Festival. You’re here more for the view than the drinks. 10 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
- Teamo Wine Bar – Café by day and wine bar by night, this intimate place serves excellent local wines by the glass accompanied with cheese and cured meat platters. 10 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
- Black Jack – Pick a spot around the grand, horseshoe-shaped bar, and order from the menu of local wines and a range of cicheti. 13 minutes (0.6 mile) by vaporetto.
- Enoteca al Volto – Historic, wood-paneled bar and eatery where you can sample hundreds of wines from the Veneto region as well as some classic cicheti. 14 minutes (0.6 mile) by vaporetto.
Best Nearby Cafes, Gelaterias, and Pasticcerias
- Ca’Fujiyama – A couple of minutes’ walk west of the Campo San Barnaba, you can sip Oolong and other varieties of tea at this plant-festooned tearoom. On hot days, take your iced tea out into the tranquil courtyard. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Caffe Brasilia – Tucked away down the narrow Rio Terrà dei Assassini, near Campo Sant’Anzolo, this café serves 3 Venetian coffee blends, fresh pastries, and light bites. 11 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
- Caffe Lavena – Yes, this café’s location on the Piazza San Marco ensures crowds of customers and high prices, but sipping an espresso or a caffe correcto (coffee infused with liquor) at Lavena’s mirrored bar or on the terrace is a classic Venetian experience. 11 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Galleria d’Arte L’Occhio – Contemporary art gallery displaying works by up-and-coming Veneto artists. Many works are for sale. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Trina Tygrett (Calle del Bastion 188) – American-born artist Trina specializes in original jewelry that incorporates fabric, gold, and precious stones as well as Murano glass. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Le Fórcole di Saverio Pastor – It’s hard to imagine a more Venetian craft than the making of bespoke fórcole (carved gondola oarlocks) made to each gondolier’s specifications. The miniature ones make great gifts. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Peggy Guggenheim Museum Shop – One of the best museum shops in the city, with a great range of books on art, art-themed bags, contemporary jewelry, and high-end art supplies. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Marina e Susanna Sent – Minimalist statement Murano glass jewelry designed by 2 sisters from the island of Murano. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Signor Blum – Just off the Campo San Barnaba, this toy shop sells handmade toys, wooden puzzles of Venice landmarks, and mobiles for babies made from colorful gondola prows. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- L’Armadio di Coco Luxury Vintage – Coco in question is Coco Chanel, of course, and in this vintage shop, you can browse for vintage cashmere coats, classic dresses, and limited edition accessories. 6 minutes (0.3 mile) by vaporetto.
- L’Isola – If you’re looking for some unique Venetian souvenirs, look no further than these decorative and functional pieces by Murano modernist glass master Carlo Moretti. 9 minutes (0.4 mile) by vaporetto.
- Bevilacqua Fabrics – This store specializes in the rich fabrics for which Venice is famous and are still produced on 18th-century looms by master craftsmen, such as silk-velvet brocades. 12 minutes (0.6 mile) by vaporetto.
- Church of Santa Maria della Salute – This impressive 17th-century domed church sits at the entrance to the Grand Canal and is believed to have mystical curative properties. Don’t miss Titian’s and Tintoretto’s masterpieces in the sacristy. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Punta della Dogana – These 17th-century warehouses on the easternmost tip of Dorsoduro were given a new lease of life in 2009 by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. They now host changing exhibitions of large-scale contemporary artworks from the private collection of French billionaire Francois Pinault. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection – The palatial former home of heiress Peggy Guggenheim is home to an unparalleled private collection of contemporary Italian art. Abstract expressionism, surrealism, futurism, and other genres are well represented in a gorgeous setting. Don’t miss the sculpture garden or temporary exhibits. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Ponte dell’Accademia – This elegant footbridge, designed by engineer Eugenio Miozzi, is one of Venice’s most beloved landmarks. It connects San Marco to Dorsoduro, spanning a particularly picturesque section of the Grand Canal. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Gallerie dell’Accademia – This fine arts gallery displays pre-19th-century art, including masterpieces of Venetian painters. Don’t miss Jacobello Albergno’s Apocalypse in the grand gallery, the Titian and Tintoretto paintings in Room 10, or the original convent chapel (Room 23). If you’re lucky, you might get to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man drawing. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Museo Correr – Comprising Napoleon’s former palace, this museum flanks the western side of Piazza San Marco. Highlights cover sumptuous palace rooms, including Empress Sissi’s suite decked out in luxe fabrics, the ancient sculptures in the Archaeological Museum, and the 16th-century library covered in frescoes by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. 8 minutes (0.4 mile) by vaporetto.
- Palazzo Ducale/Doge’s Palace – This elegant Gothic palace has been the seat of the Venetian government for over 7 centuries. A standard ticket gives you access to the grand state rooms, the armory, and the prisons, but it’s worth splurging on access to the splendid doge’s apartments, while other rooms, including the attic cell from which the famous lover Casanova managed to escape, can only be seen as part of a guided tour. Book tickets online to skip the lines. 9 minutes (0.4 mile) by vaporetto.
- Ca Rezzonico – This Baroque palace sits by the water of the Grand Canal and doubles as the Museum of 18th-Century Venice. Highlights include the Throne Room ceiling frescoes, portraits of socialites lining the Sala Rosalba Carriera, and the antique pharmacy on the top floor, complete with ceramic jars of ye olde remedies. 9 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
- Piazza San Marco – Venice’s iconic square, flanked by the city’s top attractions: the Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, and the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie. It’s overlooked by the Campanile, the basilica’s 99m bell tower that you can climb for unparalleled views of the city. 10 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.
- Basilica di San Marco – In a city of many incredible churches, this cathedral is the grandest. Dating back to 1094 AD, it features some remarkable dome mosaics, marble-clad walls, an elaborate golden screen studded with precious stones behind the main altar, and a treasury full of priceless artifacts from the Crusades. The venerated tomb allegedly holds the mummified remains of St Mark, smuggled by Venetian merchants out of Egypt in 828 AD. Book your entry ticket online or be prepared to queue. 10 minutes (0.5 mile) by vaporetto.