Locanda Silva is a small, charming hotel with a friendly, family atmosphere where guests feel at home and become part of the city just like local residents. The strategic location of Locanda Silva means you are a few steps from the historic St. Mark’s square city centre as well as being close to Rialto, the vibrating hub of the city with its shops, pubs, post office and open-air daily market.
Locanda Silva is easy to reach using public transportation both from the railway station and the road terminus of Piazzale Roma.
The hotel is just 3 minutes on foot from San Zaccaria, the waterbus stop with connections to Marco Polo airport, the islands of Murano, Lido, San Giorgio, Giudecca and also to the mainland area of Cavallino.
On request we can arrange tours of the city in Italian, English and French guided by a Venetian Art teacher. You may choose a customized itinerary according to your own preferences, a classic tour of the most prominent historical sites in town or an unusual itinerary to discover hidden or little-known gems.
Further suggestions include a Palladian itinerary, Titian Venice, the Venice of Tintoretto and Canaletto. In addition specially-focused tours of the Galleries of the Accademia, the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
St. Mark’s square and the Doge’s Palace
The one and only square - “Piazza San Marco” - in town as all other open spaces in Venice are called “campo”. Given its extra-ordinary display of art, in the opinion of many “the most beautiful square in the world”.
Destroyed by fire on several occasions, the Doge’s Palace was always re-built. The present building dates back to the XIV and XV centuries.
Tour of the Grand Canal
The major waterway in Venice and the one visitors see first when arriving by train or by car from the mainland. The Grand Canal is flanked by nearly 200 precious palaces built by the Venetian aristocracy. The palaces were erected on muddy soil consolidated by thousands of wooden poles.
A visit to the glass-blowing furnaces of Murano
Built on seven islands connected by bridges, Murano resembles Venice and not surprisingly it has also got its own Grand Canal with several beautiful palaces, Palazzo da Mula being the most prominent. Murano is world-famous for artistic glass-blowing. Here exquisite objects, vases and chandeliers are created.
A visit to the Accademia Gallery
The gallery hosts the richest collection of Venetian paintings, from Byzantine XIV century artists to Gothic and Renaissance painters: Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian up to Giambattista Tiepolo and XVIII century landscape painters: Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto and Longhi.
A boat tour to the Islands of the Lagoon
A fascinating boat tour to the islands of the Venice Lagoon will take you to places where time seems to have stopped. Murano, Burano and Torcello are by far the most visited but do not miss the Isola degli Armeni and Pellestrina to the south of the lagoon.