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.
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.
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.
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.
There are special deals for people following courses.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- 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