Casa Alma si trova nel pittoresco sestiere di Castello, un quartiere autentico che conserva ancora il sapore della Venezia più vera, in posizione centrale ma tranquilla, lontano dal turismo di massa e vicino all’Arsenale e ai Giardini.
Si trova a 15 minuti dalla famosa Piazza San Marco, 20 minuti dal Ponte di Rialto, 10 minuti dai Giardini della Biennale, 15 minuti dalla fermata del vaporetto per le isole di Murano, Burano e Torcello, per il Festival del cinema e la spiaggia del Lido. Arsenale è la fermata del vaporetto più vicina e anche la fermata di Alilaguna, il servizio che collega il terminal dell’Aereoporto Marco Polo alla città di Venezia.
Attrazioni locali vicine: il Museo Storico Navale di Venezia, la splendida chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa, l’ospedale e la chiesa di SS Giovanni e Paolo e Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Nella zona si trovano ancora i negozi tradizionali veneziani e in via Garibaldi c’è la tradizionale barca che vende la frutta e la verdura (una delle poche rimaste a Venezia).
This is the easiest route to reach Casa Alma for the first time. Download our pdf photo-map here if you need it. Alight/walk to at the ARSENALE waterbus stop – then look for this cast-iron lamppost and enter the tiny alley in front of you – the Calle Dei Forni. Then follow our map, or yours, or download a gps app, or just ask everybody you meet!
Download our map.
Andrea Lorenzon runs this lovely, small wine bar and restaurant. A minimal web presence adds to the exclusivity: you have to be in the know to find this one. Booking is advised. Prices are medium-to-up market. Closed on Tuesday all day and Wednesday lunch.
Ristorante Il CoVino website
We have a special fondness for this small Venetian Osteria. It serves excellent and interesting combinations of traditional dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients in a beautiful location behind the fish market, with a lovely terrace overlooking the Grand Canal for summer lunches. Booking is advised. Prices are medium-to-up market.
Osteria Bancogiro website
An authentic, cultish and often crowded bar and restaurant on the canal-side in Cannaregio: specialising in seafood, but with a good live music programme in jazz, blues and world. You have to pick your time and sometimes have plenty to spare, but we’ve had good experiences here.
Osteria Paradiso Perduto website
Great, mid-price all round restaurant with home made pasta dishes, pizza and authentic pan-Italian dishes. Consistently good reviews on trip advisor give a sense of professional standards. It’s fairly small, so bookings are advised in high season.
Small bar, cicchetteria & eatery, local to Casa Alma (5mins walk) and in an authentic, residential Venetian area: try the cicchetti (snacks) like cuttlefish prepared Venetian-style in its own ink and fried cod with pumpkin flowers. Hot dishes are also served like the lasagne a la baccalà mantecato.
The single span stone bridge designed by Antonio da Ponte, was completed in 1591, replacing a similar wooden bridge. On either side of the portico, the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The audacious engineering of the bridge has defied its critics to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.
One of the best-known and most visited public spaces in the world and historically the social, religious and political centre of Venice: including St Mark’s Basilica, The Doge’s Palace, The Campanile (bell tower) the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio), Florian’s café and lots and lots of pigeons!
One of the largest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and twenty-five doges are buried in the church. The bell tower has 3 bells in D major. Adjacent to the church is the Hospital, which is a must-see.
Built between 1481 and 1489 by Pietro Lombardo in the sestiere of Cannaregio, to house a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, the church is also known as the "marble church". The recent ten-year restoration included washing the marble cladding in distilled water as it contained 14% of salts, and was on the point of bursting.
Santa Maria Formosa was erected in 1492 under the design by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi on the site of a former church dating from the 7th century: one of the eight founded by San Magno. The name "formosa" relates to an alleged appearance of the Holy Virgin disguised as a voluptuous woman.
The Museo Storico Navale is near to Casa Alma and the Arsenale, in Castello. The Italian Royal Navy established the museum in 1919. Its collections include items relating to the naval and maritime history of Venice, and it has a large number of model ships and weapons on display.
50.000 square metres of the South East area of the Arsenale have become the stable site of the Biennale activities since 1999, with exhibition spaces such as: Corderie, Artiglierie, Gaggiandre, Tese Cinquecentesche, Tese delle Vergini. Live performances take place at the Teatro alle Tese and at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, part of the complex.
These gardens in the east of Venice have been the traditional venue for the International Art Exhibition since 1895. They were laid out during the Napoleonic era, on land that had once been occupied by a district that included four churches and three convents. The area hosts the Central Pavilion and a further 29 national pavilions, built at various periods by the participating countries themselves.
This is the nearest, medium-sized supermarket to Casa Alma (5mins walk) and stocks most basic things you’ll need for cooking.
If you’re heading down to the Giardini, then you’ll pass by Via Garibaldi, the widest street with the biggest variety of shops (and banks) in Castello. The co-op is a small, often busy, but well-stocked supermarket for basic needs, about half way along the street.
One of the last two remaining areas in the city where you can buy fruit and vegetable directly from the boat, popular with both residents and tourists alike, and indeed the logo image for Casa Alma. There’s a decent local fish shop right next to the boat.
The Neo-Gothic Rialto Fish Market is a Venetian institution, a shrine visited by foodies from all over the world, featured in innumerable TV documentaries and films. A must.
Just opened in Spring 2015, but Google the name and customer reviews in every language all say the same: great place, full of locals, friendly owners, tucked away in the back streets, a real find etc... This one's become a firm favourite of guests at Casa Alma: and we trust our guests impeccable tastes!
* Campo delle Gatte 3210
* 30122 Venice, Italy
Phone+39 041 296 0065
Trattoria da Jonny website
*Per uscire da ‘Street View’ e visualizzare la mappa, fare clic sulla crocetta nell’ angolo superiore sinistro
Per raggiungere Casa Alma dalla fermata dell’Arsenale potete scaricare la mappa dal sito web.
Dall’aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo prendere il servizio pubblico di linea Ali Laguna (ogni mezzora).
Imbarcarsi sulla Linea Blu e scendere alla fermata Arsenale (1 h e ¼ + 7 minuti a piedi). In alternativa, dall’aeroporto prendere la navetta dell’ATVO (ogni 30 minuti) che conduce a Piazzale Roma (20 minuti). Da qui seguire le stesse indicazioni per chi arriva in auto. Dall’aeroporto di Treviso (Ryanair) Antonio Canova prendere la navetta o l’autobus ATVO diretto per Venezia – Piazzale Roma; quindi prendere il Vaporetto ACTV linea #1 e scendere alla fermata Arsenale.
Dalla stazione ferroviaria di Venezia S. Lucia prendere il vaporetto ACTV linea #1 e scendere alla fermata Arsenale.
Arrivi notturni: imbarcarsi sulla Linea 1 e scendere alla fermata Arsenale oppure sulla Linea N e scendere alla fermata S. Zaccaria.
Da Piazzale Roma prendere il vaporetto ACTV linea #1 e scendere alla fermata Arsenale.
Arrivi notturni: imbarcarsi sulla Linea 1 e scendere alla fermata Arsenale, oppure sulla Linea N e scendere alla fermata S. Zaccaria.
Dall’areoporto taxi diretto a Piazzale Roma.
Telefono: 041 5964 (24h)