A short walk from the Rialto bridge, in the San Polo district, this b&b is located on a wide-ish street full of shops, bars and restaurants where any crowds are more likely to be locals than tourists. Brace for a strenuous hike here if you’re carrying luggage from the Rialto Mercato or San Silvestro vaporetto stops.
From appropriate frescoes on the walls of the six large, themed rooms to gorgeous Thai silk throws on the beds, plus well-appointed en suite bathrooms and the wherewithal for making tea and coffee after a long day’s sightseeing, nothing that could make your stay comfortable has been neglected. I find, however, that top-floor rooms under the eaves (Vivaldi, Mondonovo), though equally lovely, can feel a little cramped, and the mansard windows don’t afford the same views over local street life.
Don’t be alarmed by the dingy street-level entrance: once you’ve climbed the three flights up to Francesca’s apartment (note: there’s no lift) you’ll find a lovely dining area where breakfast is served, and a living room... though with tea-making facilities in the spacious bedrooms, most guests prefer to spend their time there.
Eating and drinking
The ample breakfast is taken around a communal table in the kitchen with other guests.
Francesca will organise Thai massages on request.
Service from Francesca and her delightful staff is friendly and unobstrusive. They’ll help you haul your bags up the three flights of steps, and are always ready with good restaurant and sightseeing advice.
Who stays there
La Villeggiatura’s prettily decorated rooms and huge comfortable beds make it perfect for a romantic getaway (cocooning couples who don’t relish the communal breakfast arrangements can take the meal in their rooms). Extra beds can be added in some rooms to accommodate families.
Room prices can more than double when the city is busy.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Friendly neighbourhood location, not far from Rialto markets
- Excellent in-room facilities
- Large rooms, beautifully decorated
- Three floors up with no lift
- A hike from nearest vaporetto stop