Bed and Breakfast Corte Vecchia in the historic center of Venice

A neighbour told us that once among the Venetian nobles reigned an unwritten rule of mutual aid whereby, if a woman was left widowed and without substance, she was granted a residence where she could stay with her children and servants, keeping the family lifestyle unchanged.
It seems that our house was among those used for this purpose. We do not know if this is true, but we like to think that there is a story to tell;-)
Concerning us … we are both architects and our story began when we decided to look for a bigger place to live, determined to remain in Venice, because we simply love its unique atmosphere and lifestyle, and know that these are things we would not find anywhere else.

And so our search began! At one point we found the place of our dreams but it was way too big for us. We kept searching.
But no matter what property we viewed, we kept thinking about that special, quiet, but way too big place, the one that was central but off the beaten track, and yet just around the corner of places like the Accademia, the Guggenheim Museum, the Pinault Gallery, the Salute and livelier places like Campo Santa Margherita.
In the end we came up with an unexpected solution: we could open a B&B. And that’s how the ‘way too big place’ of our dreams was realised. So if you are looking for a place where you’ll be able to experience the authentic side of Venice, then we’ll be delighted to welcome you in our home and share some of our life in Venice with you.

The B&B is set in a Venetian palace dated before the nineteenth-century and it takes up the entire first floor, traditionally the main floor, which is recognizable from the outside by the large arched windows. To the left of the main facade there is a portal in Istria stone bearing the prints of two family emblems and it leads to the Old Court which the B&B is named from.

Within a walking distance of less than ten minutes there are some of the major sites of historical and artistic interest of the city.
If you love modern art do not miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the most important collection of Italy.
It is dedicated to the first half of the 20th century American and European art. The exhibition is hosted in the only unfinished building in Venice, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which was purchased by Peggy in order to achieve the largest museum of modern art of the 50s.
Hence, with a few minutes’ walk, you will reach the Salute Church, one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Venice.
It is built (as a votive offering to the Virgin Mary by the end of the plague in 1630) on the Punta della Dogana from where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the San Marco Basin and the Grand Canal.
The Punta della Dogana, a thin triangular strip of land that divides the Canal Grande from the Giudecca Canal, also hosts the seventeenth-century complex of the Dogana da Mar, now the Museum of Contemporary Art Francois Pinault, after the refurbishment completed in 2009 by architect Tadao Ando.

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