Locanda ai Santi Apostoli


We'd like to quote the book “Venice is a fish” where the author Tiziano Scarpa says that the city offers you “her face” when you're looking at it from the water.
Why is that? Why the face of Venice is on the water?
Simply because Venice was born to welcome you from there: people were exclusively arriving from the sea, on a boat.
Back in the days, the city was having plenty of affairs with international partners: the city wanted to show them, from their very first step in town, how strong and wealthy she was.
Once arrived in Venice, every ship had to stop at the customs, located right in front of Saint Mark's Square, at the very "beginning" of the Grand Canal.
From there, merchants and diplomats started to "enter" the hart of Venice, sailing towards Rialto. That's why, among all the fantastic location you'll find all over the city, the palaces on the Grand Canal are the most charming ones: they've been there to impress people for ages.
They were the mirror of the prosperity of the most influential Houses in town, they were the mirror of the great artistic and architectural ferment taking place in Venice.
From our balconies and windows, we can show you what we're talking about.
The history of the city architecture will be recreated right before your eyes: the whole profile of the Rialto fish market, the roofs, the decorated bell towers, the chimneys and the distinct abodes .
With the sunlight and in misty days, during the evening and the night, all the faces of Venice will be there for you to observe and make you feel surrendered by pure magic.
And that is just the beginning of your submersion in the Venice vibe: from our Locanda's windows you can start understanding how the city is shaped and why it still remains one of the most unique place in the world.
Don't miss out on the face of Venice, be here to luxuriate in it and bring back with you a memory that will last forever.



Our Side of the Grand Canal

Our view starts with the well-known Ponte di Rialto: one of the symbols of the city. The one we can walk and admire today is the latest version of it, fulfil at the end of the XVI century, to make the fish market more accessible. With its incredible sculptures on the archivolt and the 24 small shops, it always has been and always will be one of the biggest attractions in town.
Starting from there, on the same side of our beloved Palazzo Michiel Del Brusà, you'll see the small and remarkable facade of Ca' da Mosto. This incredible example of the byzantine style developed in the XIII century, is one of the most antique abodes in Venice and was special also to the renwed art critic John Ruskin. We can now admire the facade that still shows how it used to be a home and a store-house as well, with its portego that allows people to load and unload the boats directly from the Gran Canal.
Stayin on the same side but passing over our Michiel Dal Brusà, you'll find Palazzo Michiel Dalle Colonne. The facade is in baroque style, but it still feels the venetian byzantine influence on the columns (colonne), which are the most peculiar feauture of the building.
A lot further on the line is the amazing Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, that in the last 60 years has been hosting the word wide famous Casinò di Venezia. This place has one of the most rapresentative facades of the renaissance style developed in Venice. Inspired by the incredible Palazzo Rucellai in Firenze, it shows 3 decorated levels of floor with mullied windows framed by tiny columns overlapping in the 3 classical orders (doric, inic, corinthian). Among that and the rich marquetry, the facade seems an astonishing game played by light and shadow.

The Other Side of the Grand Canal

Having a look on the other side of the Gran Canal, first you'll encounter the incredible Ca' Pesaro. The majesty of this Palazzo takes place in its remarkably decorated facade and its impressive size. From our window you can see it all: the baroque decoration with their bas-relief and their unique chiaroscuro at the second and third floor. You'll also be able to enjoy its most iconic feature: the diamant shaped bossage garnish at the ground floor, developed by its “father” Baldassarre Longhena.
We're now getting closer to the Rialto fish market with the important buildings that surround it: Fabbriche Nuove, Fabbriche Vecchie and Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. Fabbriche Nuove e Fabbriche Vecchie were the true heart and soul of the commerce in Venice, as the structure and shape of the 2 buildings reflect. Even if erected in 2 different moments and by 2 different architects, they responde to the same needs: functionality. The portico on the ground floor were housing all the shops and stands were to buy almost anything, while the 2 other stories were hosting administrative offices like the supervisory body of the market.
Right before the bridge of Rialto, you can have a look at Palazzo dei Camerlenghi. Rised in just 3 years (1525-1528), this is one of the most fascinating renaissance building in Venice: the palace starts on a pentagonal layout to adjust to the curved shape of the Gran Canal in that point. This Palazzo originally was hosting some administrative offices linked to the thriving market. At the ground floor there used to be the prison for debtors refusing to pay, and that gives the name to the shore in front of it (Fondamenta de la Preson).