Domus Orsoni

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Address: Cannaregio 1045, Sottoportego dei Vedei, Venice, 30121, Italy

Star rating:

3.6

This unusual b&b is attached to central Venice's only glass-making furnace.

The Orsoni family has been producing tesserae – glass mosaic pieces – in the only furnace allowed to function in central Venice (the others are on the island of Murano) since the early years of the 20th century. You can appreciate these tesserae in artworks designed by contemporary artists to decorate this five-room b&b in the city’s Jewish Ghetto.

Location
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Eating/drinking
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Leisure facilities
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Service
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Value for money
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Bedrooms
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Public areas
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Location

Just off the lively fondamenta (canal-side walk) on the eastern side of the Cannaregio canal in a quiet street in the Ghetto, Domus Orsoni is well placed for the great restaurants and bars of the Cannaregio district, and handy for some gorgeous minor churches, but it’s a vaporetto trip or a good half hour’s walk to St Mark’s square.

Bedrooms

The five large-ish bedrooms are white and bright, each with its own mosaic-piece colour scheme, exposed beams and traditional terrazzo floors. The Oro Ramino room has a truly splendid gold-tiled shower. The black, gold and turquoise bathroom in the Oro Turchese room has a slightly disturbing mosaic stretching woman. Oro Rubino has a wonderful view over the Orsoni’s garden.

Public areas

I could spend happy hours in the charming walled garden – with its magnolia tree and rose bushes – in which both the foundry and the b&b are located.

Eating and drinking

A delicious buffet breakfast with plenty of fruit and freshly baked pastries is served in a pretty breakfast room.

Service

The manager and her staff are usually only around from breakfast to mid-afternoon, after which guests let themselves out. But while they are around, they are all gracious sources of information about Venice and its attractions.

Who stays there

Many of the Orsoni’s guests stay in the b&b while following courses in mosaic-making – from four-day beginners’ courses to ten-day advanced ones; there are details on the website (www.orsoni.com) – at the foundry. But anyone with an interest in traditional Venetian crafts will love seeing the tesserae being produced downstairs in rainbow colours.

Price advice

There are special deals for people following courses.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Handy for the railway station
  • The Ghetto is a very atmospheric area of town to be in
  • Not particularly central
  • Some visitors may feel uncomfortable letting themselves into an unstaffed hotel in the evenings
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