We are a family of 5 retracing my a trip my husband and I took w/out the kids 10 years ago to Italy. We will be touring Venice, Cinque Terra, Rome, Tuscany and the surrounding areas.
La Calcina, Italy
Venice 30123, Italy
Tel: 39 041 520 6466
Continued improvements have spruced up this family-run pensione overlooking the Giudecca canal in Dorsoduro. The 19th-century furniture is still there, as are the lovely—and, for Venice, unusual—polished parquet floors. But the hotel's 32 rooms and suites now have WiFi, TVs, and minibars, as well as crisp white curtains and clean-lined furnishings in honey-colored wood. In the reception area, classical music wafts and friendly staffers give advice about where to go and how to get there. The terrace of the bar-restaurant is on a wooden deck extending into the canal; eating breakfast here on a sunny morning with boats passing by and the church of the Redentore across the canal is heavenly. All told, this has become one of the best-value places in its category.
Locanda Orseolo, Italy
Venice 30124, Italy
Tel: 39 041 520 4827
Orseolo's four bubbly, enthusiastic young owners make sure that guests have a memorable Venice vacation. With their unfailing charm, readiness with tourist information, and warm willingness to arrange anything from restaurant tables to seats at the opera, they'll make you feel like one of the family. Their domain is a charmingly restored family home with 15 pleasant, bright rooms (a few with baldachin beds) is just a two-minute walk from Piazza San Marco. Guests never feel like they're in the middle of a tourist parade, though—in fact, the Orseolo's secluded courtyard actually makes the hotel difficult to find. (For those without a good map: Make your way to Campo San Gallo, then push the unlocked low iron gate almost opposite the church and head into the courtyard beyond.) The breakfast spread is a perfect way to fuel up for a day of wandering.