Surrounded by exclusive shops, souvenir stands, scores of trattorie and pizzerie, and many of Venice’s most popular sights, these accommodations are pricey options for those in search of Venice’s showy side.

Albergo San Samuele, Salizzada S. Samuele, S. Marco 3358 (fax 041 522 80 45, Follow Calle delle Botteghe from Campo S. Stefano and turn left on Salizzada S. Samuele. A crumbling stone courtyard leads to this charming deal. Great location 2min. from vaporetto #82 (San Samuele) and lOmin. from P.S. Marco. Clean, well-decorated rooms, some with gorgeous balcony views of S. Marco’s red rooftops. Singles ‚26-45; doubles ‚36-75, with bath ‚46-105; triples ‚135.

Albergo Casa Petrarca, Calle Schiavine, S. Marco 4386 (-sfax 041 520 04 30). From Campo S. Luca, follow C. Fuseri, take 2nd left and then a right. Tiny hotel has 7 small but bright, white rooms. Cheery sitting room with rows of English books and a quaint breakfast room. All rooms with AC. Singles ‚45; doubles with bath ‚90.

Domus Civica (ACISJF), Campiello Chiovere Frari, S. Polo 3082 (041 72 11 03; fax 041 522 71 39). From the train station, cross Ponte Scalzi and turn right. Turn left on Fondamenta dei Tolentini and left through the courtyard onto Corte Amai. The hostel is to the right, after the bridge. Simple student housing. Strict curfew 11:30pm. Open June-Sept. 25. Singles ‚30; doubles ‚54; triples ‚81. 15% Rolling Venice discount.

Hotel Locanda Fiorita, Campiello Novo, S. Marco 3457 (041 523 47 54; www.locan- From Campo S. Stefano, take Calle del Pestrin and then ciimb onto the raised piazza. A vine-covered courtyard and terrace lead to large doubles with oriental rugs and couches. All rooms have AC and TV. Singles without bath ‚78; doubles ‚103-180. AmExMCV.

Albergo Alloggia Alla Scala, Corte Contarini del Bovolo, S. Marco 4306 (041 521 06 29; fax 041 522 64 51). From Campo Manin facing the bridge, turn left on the alley and look for signs to La Scala del Bovolo; the hotel is just beyond, in the alleyway. Superb location. Plain but simple rooms all have bath. Breakfast ‚9. Singles ‚55; doubles ‚77-87; triples ‚117. AmExMCV.


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