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Hotel Sant'Elena: a unique setting, a few steps from the Biennale

Compared with the image of Venice with which most people are familiar, the Sant'Elena district is a totally different and unique place.

Here, the bustle of the busy downtown streets are replaced by painters with easels under their arms, local children playing in the street, and a truly authentic, peaceful part of Venice.

 

A great starting point to explore the city

Sant'Elena is well-connected to the other islands of the lagoon by frequent water buses ( the water bus-stop is close to Hotel Sant'Elena) and bridges, which allow you to enjoy a leisurely stroll to Piazza San Marco along Riva degli Schiavoni, and through the majestic trees of the Park delle Rimembranze.

The Lido of Venice with its beaches and the annual Venice International Film Festival are just 10 minutes away by boat, the Biennale gardens are a 5-minute walk from the hotel, while the world-renowned Murano glass factories are all within easy reach.

With its strategic location in Venice, the Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena is also a great starting point to visit the nearby islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello.

 

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Located in the greenest area of ​​the historic center of Venice, adjacent to the Biennale Gardens, Hotel Sant'Elena is about a half-hour walk from Piazza San Marco.


Alternatively, just 150 meters from the hotel, there is the vaporetto stop with which you can reach Saint Mark's Square in just five minutes of navigation (San Zaccaria stop).


If you choose to go on foot, you can walk along the Riva degli Schiavoni. This is one of the most beautiful and evocative routes in Venice: on this southern quay of Castello district, the Dalmatian merchants (Schiavonia) used to dock with their ships and they were always fascinated by the evocative scenery that still today you can admire.

Venetian Arsenal

Surrounded by a tall defensive wall, the Arsenal was a complex of 24 state owned shipyards producing the majority of Venice’s war vessels. Today the Arsenale is used as a military zone and only open to the public during special events and exhibitions.


Venice Biennale

Always avant-garde promoting a new artistic trend, the Biennale is located a short 5 minutes’ walk from the Best Western Premier Hotel Sant’Elena. The first Biennale was held in 1895, and it now in its 54th edition. A celebration of Cinema, Music, Theater, Dance and Architecture, just choose the discipline that most appeals to you.


Church of Sant’Elena

The church of Sant’Elena, located just steps from the hotel, was built to celebrate the empress mother of Constantine. The urn with the relics of the Saint was initially preserved in a chapel erected by the Augustinian Friars; later, the same chapel was included in a church and a convent was built nearby. The church owes much of its current appearance to a restoration by the Benedictin Olivetan monks.

We recommend…
Read the legend of Sant’Elena in the “history” section of the hotel website, which describes the story of the island.

 

 With its strategic location the Hotel Sant’Elena is also a great starting point to visit the nearby islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello.

Torcello

As outlined in our “Brief History” section, Torcello was one of the first settlements in the lagoon and owes its name to a watchtower – or Torricella (small tower). Only very few buildings survive today; disembarking on the island after a boat ride across the lagoon and the many nuances of its scenery feels like setting foot upon the mysterious shores of some forgotten land.
The primary attractions are the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Church of Santa Fosca, which still bear witness of Venice’s glorious medieval history.


Burano

The island, famous for its brightly painted houses which help fishermen recognize their homes from the sea, is also known for its ancient tradition of needle lace-making, currently exported worldwide.


Murano

Just like the island of Burano is known for its lace, Murano is known throughout the world for its glass; watching the master Glassblowers transforming sand and fire into masterpieces is a mindboggling experience. The Museum of glass is also not to be missed.
 

 

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