Overlooking a postcard-perfect Venetian street (a former canal, now paved over) in the artistic Dorsoduro district, this 500-year-old merchant’s townhouse has been revamped as the boutique hotel Ca’Pisani. Behind the traditional exterior lies a modern den with clean lines and sharp, geometric forms that’s enhanced by original work from one of Italy’s most notable Futurist artists, Fortunato Depero. Architects Roberto Luigi Canovaro and Pierluigi Pescolderung balanced original design elements—exposed beam ceilings, brickwork—with 1930s touches, including one-of-a-kind inlay door designs and custom masonry and marble work.
Gaze out at the city’s rooftops from the hotel’s roof terrace, or mingle with locals over wine or an espresso at the street-level café. With the Peggy Guggenheim collection and the Gallerie dell’Accademia gallery just a stroll away, you’ll be able to journey from 16th-century Venice to the 20th century all in a few famous paintings.
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Dorsoduro is set just enough apart from the tourist throngs in other areas of the city. Artists and designers have long settled here—most notably Peggy Guggenheim, one of the world’s most pioneering collectors of 20th-century art. Those interested in earlier works by master painters—Titian, Tintoretto, Leonardo da Vinci—should stop by the Gallerie dell’Accademia, housed in a building from 1343. For a more hands-on pursuit, step into the home kitchen of culinary instructor Enrica Rocca for an authentic Italian cooking class. Begin with a shopping excursion to a local market, followed by an animated lesson, plenty of prosecco, and one unforgettable meal.
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Rooms: 29 rooms, 6 suites. From $107. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Popular with locals, La Rivista is a lively wine and cheese bar in the cicchetti (tapas) style, highlighting wines from the Veneto region. Inside the art deco–styled restaurant, snack on antipasto platters piled high with silky prosciutto and sharp cheeses, or opt for heartier pasta dishes. Outside, snag a table for prime people watching. Spa and gym details: There is no gym on site, but free passes are available to a fitness center just a few doors down. There is no spa, but head up to the Turkish-style steam room on the rooftop terrace to relax.
Who's it for: Art-loving gallery hoppers who prefer a smaller-scale stay. Our favorite rooms: Perched on the third floor, the Deco Deluxe rooms have exposed-beam ceilings and are awash in a soothing color scheme of terracotta, buttery yellows, and creams. The antique, art deco furnishings stand out, but it’s the whirlpool bath (not standard in every room) that guests will appreciate after a day of sightseeing. For art lovers: Keeping right in step with this gallery-rich enclave, the hotel is adorned with original artwork by prominent 20th-century Italian artists. The hotel’s owner, Marianna Serandrei, is active in the Venetian art community and often hosts lectures and exhibits at the hotel.