Casanova called this palace home while he carried on his trysts in 18th-century Venice, and while his rooms were probably slightly more grand than current ones at this budget hotel, the association with the notorious lothario is good fun all the same. Ca’Bragadin’s location, near the point where the San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello sestieri all meet, means you got both well-traveled and less-explored Venice right outside the door. Rooms, while not fancy, are bright and airy, and some are quite modern. Amenities include a tiny courtyard and free breakfast.
Time Out tip: Economy rooms are a real bargain here, but note that while they have private bathrooms, facilities are not en suite
Santi Giovanni and Paolo church: For Doges’ tomb and a Veronese ceiling
SuSo Gelatoteca: For artisanal gelato made with fresh, seasonal ingredients
Libreria Acqua Alta: For books piled everywhere in the “world’s most beautiful bookstore”