The Map of Venice shows the exact location of the Hotel Donà Palace. With the grand St Mark’s square and the Doge’s Palace, only 50 metres distant, the Hotel Donà Palace has the perfect setting in the historical centre of Venice.
The Doge’s Palace is one of the symbols of Venice and it was the residence of the Doge. Its majestic facade, a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture, is located in the monumental Piazza San Marco between the Piazzetta and the lagoon.
Now, Doge’s Palace is part of the network of museums that comes under the management of the Venice Museum Authority. Inside, the visitor can see paintings by Tiziano, Tiepolo and Tintoretto, such as the Doge’s apartments, the prisons, and the loggias on the Piazza and the Lagoon.
Saint Mark’s Basilica is a beautiful and majestic building that Venetians enriched over the centuries with precious adornments such as columns, capitals, or friezes brought from the Orient. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Byzantine and Gothic architecture: covered with a texture of gilded mosaics, made in Byzantium and Venice, it is enriched with oriental marble. Numerous spires and golden domes complete its wonderful facade. The blending of styles and the richness of the materials give to St. Mark’s Basilica the characteristic polychromy.
St Mark’s Square is considered one of the most beautiful square in the world. It’s the heart of Venice, a huge and elegant marble salon enclosed in the most important buildings of Venice: the St Mark’s Basilica and its campanile, the St Mark’s Clocktower, The Doge’s Palace and the Venice’s museums.
The majestic St Mark’s Square welcomes the important events of city life and it is the central landmark and gathering place for visitors every day strolling along the elegant floor or under the ancient arcades, including cafés and luxury shops.
The Grand Canal (Venetian: Canalasso) is the main canal in Venice. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. The Grand Canal banks are lined with hundreds of beautiful buildings, belonging to Venice’s patrician families. Going on a gondola along this elegant and charming way, you can admire the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal: the Scalzi Bridge, the recent Constitution Bridge, the Accademia Bridge and the famous Rialto, the oldest bridge across the canal. Every year, on the first Sunday of September, along the Grand Canal takes place the Historical Regatta, one of the most spectacular, picturesque and moving event of Venetian life.
The Bridge of Sighs is one of the major attractions in Venice. Anyone who has had the fortune to visit Venice preserves the image of this elegant baroque building. The bridge name, often linked to the romantic gondola rides of lovers, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of Venice out the window before being taken down to the Piombi’s prisons. The most famous of the prisoners who crossed the Bridge of Sighs was the noble Giacomo Casanova.
CAR: At the exit of the motorway A4, follow directions for Venice. After crossing the Ponte della Libertà , which links the mainland to Venice, you will get to Piazzale Roma where you can park your car at the Garage Comunale or at Garage San Marco. In both websites you may find all information, contacts and how to book online your parking space. In Piazzale Roma, you will find either the water bus station for public vaporetto or the water taxi landing.
TRAIN: the railway station is Venezia S. Lucia; once you get there, out of the station you will find either the water bus station for public vaporetto or the water taxi landing.
AIRPLANE: from Marco Polo Airport of Venice , you have to reach the dock, where you can take either a private water taxi directly to the Hotel or a public boat of the company Alilaguna to St Mark’s Square (travel time is about 1 hour and 15 min.). From San Giuseppe Treviso Airport (40 km far away from Venice) it is necessary to take a shuttle bus to Venice Piazzale Roma. The service is provided by ATVO company.
Once arrived in Venice, you can reach us by taking public transportation, boat line 1 or 2 (faster than line 1). The suggested boat station is San Marco Giardinetti (easy way without bridges): you follow “Calle Vallaresso”, and you find on your right the entrance to St. Mark’s Square. Cross the whole square towards the Basilica, on you left you find the Clock Tower, pass under it and take the first street on your right , “Calle Larga San Marco”. The Hotel is located at the end of this street, on the left side.