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Casa Cosmo is located in a typical Venetian calle (narrow street), Calle di mezzo, very centrally situated but off the beaten path where the only sound is the echo of the rustling which enshrouds Venice, composed of the sound of voices and steps.

Piazza San Marco is a five minute walk from here along the Mercerie, the narrow streets which are still home to shops with all types of wares: souvenirs, gourmet items and elegant boutiques bearing the most famous designer names. Emerging from the narrow roads into Piazza San Marco is an emotion, in front of you is a space unique in the world for its beauty and harmony, lined by the buildings of the Procuratie (Law Courts), home to the Museo Correr and important temporary exhibits, which frame the thousand year old Basilica in a fifth perspective, decorated with priceless mosaics and marbles and the mass of the Campanile, which stands out ever so delicately over the 16th century loggia, presiding over the square.

Palazzo Ducale in the background, once home to Venice's mayor or Doge, and the political, administrative and judicial center of the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, a charming example of Venetian flamboyant Gothic.


Ponte di Rialto with its shops, particularly goldsmiths, is only a three minute walk away as well. Across the bridge is the characteristic fruit and vegetable market with thousands of colors and scents and the noisy and picturesque fish market. Among the stalls, in the raging voices of the fishmongers calling to customers and the melodic tones of the passersby, you can hear Venetian, the language of Goldoni's plays, which all Venetians still speak today.

Look at the fish, you'll find moeche and masenate (crabs), schei (lagoon shrimp), go (goby) and anguele (Caspian-sand smelt), only a few of the lagoon shellfish and fish that become delicacies on the tables of restaurants. We suggest stopping at one of the many bacari in Rialto, the typical Venetian snack bars, for a cicheto, a very tasty snack with a wide range of ingredients, accompanied by an "ombra" (shadow), a glass of white or red wine. A stop for the vaporetti which run along Canal Grande, from Piazzale Roma, the parking lot to Lido, Venice's beach, is located at the foot of Ponte di Rialto. They pass the train station, stopping near Venice's most important museums and sights including the Gallerie dell’Accademia, a gallery which houses the masterpieces of Venetian painting from Titian to Canaletto and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the most important collection of American contemporary art in Italy.


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HOW TO REACH US

Venice is a maze of canals, narrow streets, bridges and squares, where getting around is nevertheless easy. To get to Casa Cosmo follow the instructions below. If you get lost, ask Venetians for Calle della ex sede del Gazzettino, named after the very famous local paper, and they will tell you where it is right away!

By plane The Marco Polo International Airport of Venice is 13 km from Venice, the International one at Treviso, where low cost flights land, is 38 km away. From Venice airport take the Venezia Air Terminal ATVO shuttle or bus no. 5 for Venezia – Piazzale Roma. From Treviso take the Eurobus ATVO shuttle for Venezia- Piazzale Roma. From here take the Line 2 vaporetto for the Rialto, get off at Rialto. Turn right, take Calle Larga Mazzini, cross Campo San Salvador and take Mercerie San Salvador. After 50 meters the Mercerie turns to the right, the first narrow street on the left is Calle di Mezzo, Casa Cosmo is at 4976.
You can also use the "Alilaguna" service from the airport.

By ship
Many shipping lines from the major Adriatic and Mediterranean ports stop at San Basilio Stazione Marittima during the warm weather months. From San Basilio take vaporetto line 2 for San Marco, where you get off. Continue for Torre dell'Orologio, Mercerie, Ponte dei Bareteri and Sottoportico delle acque. Here take Calle di Mezzo, Casa Cosmo is at 4976.

By train
From the "fondamenta" in front of Stazione Santa Lucia, take vaporetto no. 2 for Rialto and get off at Rialto. Turn right, take Calle Larga Mazzini, cross Campo San Salvador and take Mercerie San Salvador. After 50 meters the Mercerie turns to the right, the first narrow street on the left is Calle di Mezzo, Casa Cosmo is at 4976.

By car
From the toll booth of A4 and A27, follow the signs for Venice. The historic center of Venice cannot be accessed by car; cars can be left at any of the parking lots in Piazzale Roma or Isola del Tronchetto (at the end of Ponte della Libertà on your right) or in Mestre. From Piazzale Roma and Tronchetto take the line 2 vaporetto for the Rialto, get off at Rialto. Turn right, take Calle Larga Mazzini, cross Campo San Salvador and take Mercerie San Salvador. After 50 meters the Mercerie turns to the right, the first narrow street on the left is Calle di Mezzo, Casa Cosmo is at 4976.


Casa Cosmo | Calle di Mezzo 4976 San Marco 30124 Venice, Italy | Ph. +39.041.2960710 | Fax +39.041.8623439 | info@casacosmo.com

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