Locanda Sant'Agostin - Venice
For those who are looking for a small, yet elegant hotel in Venice, the Locanda Sant'Agostin is the ideal location for that exclusive holiday. Only a short distance from both the Railway Station and the Piazzale Roma, between the Sestieri di San Polo and Santa Croce, the Inn is situated in the heart of the city and is only a short walk away from some of the most important artistic and cultural treasures.
Residents are only a few minute's walk from the most important Franciscan Basilica after Assisi: Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Its majestic architecture houses masterpieces by Titian (including the famous Assumption), Bellini, Donatello and many others. Here you will found the tomb of the celebrated composer Monteverdi and the funeral monuments to Canova and Titian.
The Rialto Bridge is also close by, with its famous market and Ca' Pesaro, which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Oriental Art. The Rialto Bridge , was built in a single 28-metre stone arch at the end of the Sixteenth Century, is home to several small shops and is on at least three pedestrian itineraries.
Planned at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century by Baldassarre Longhena and completed by Antonio Gaspari, Ca' Pesaro is, along with Ca' Rezzonico, the most sumptuous Baroque palazzo in the city. Today it houses the Venice's Museum of Contemporary Art which re-opened in November 2002 after 10 years of restoration. The upper floors house the Museum of Oriental Art, which boasts several masterpieces of Japanese art.
Close to the Locanda Sant'Agostin are the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, places of artistic merit as well as being used to host concert rooms today. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco was built in the first half of the Sixteenth Century for the brotherhood of San Rocco, who dedicated themselves to plague sufferers, whose protector was Saint Rocco. Its rooms contain one of the most important Italian painting cycles, the work of Jacopo Tintoretto. The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, with its magnificent portal designed by Pietro Lombardo, is an authentic Renaissance building of architectural and artistic merit.