Whilst on a short break in Venice last week, it was fascinating to watch the speeding ambulances make their way through the very busy daytime waters of the Grand Canal. Whizzing along so fast with sirens blaring, the Vaporetto Buses, Water Taxis, Delivery Barges, Gondola and everyday Venetian vessels always skilfully managed to manoeuvre out of their way, allowing a safe transfer to hospital of the occupants. How the Gondola passengers, caught up in the quite violent motion of the wake from the ambulance did not end up being tipped into the canal is a testament to the skill of the Gondoliers of Venice.
This speedy ambulance was captured from the landing dock of the San Cassiano Ca Favretto hotel. Dating from the fourteenth century, the building was once the home of Giacomo Favretto a celebrated Venetian painter. It was the home for many years of some important Venetian families before it became a hotel featuring splendid Venetian style furnishings, Murano chandeliers and antiques.
Located a short walk from the San Stae Vaporetto stop, close to local markets, a leisurely 10 minutes walk from the bustling Rialto Bridge area, 15 minutes walk to Saint Mark’s Square, an easy one stop Vaporetto ride to the Ca d’Oro (The Golden House) on the opposite side of the Grand Canal and with an abundance of local restaurants on its doorstep, the San Cassiano is a great place to stay in a slightly quieter location, away from the main Venetian tourist hubbub.