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October 2013

A pet-free palazzo with a canine mascot

  Dog stone carving on Palazzo Abadessa lintel

From the street, the Palazzo Abadessa (residenza d'epoca) looks like the perfect boutique hotel for dog owners: On the lintel above the entrance gate, a stone carving of a dog welcomes visitors, and the grassy courtyard is big enough for a game of fetch.

Unfortunately, the only dog allowed on the premises is the petrified pooch above the entrance. If you want to bring Fido or Fifi, you'll need to find another hotel.

Still, if you're visiting Venice without your cane, the four-star Palazzo Abadessa is worth considering. It's loaded with traditional Venetian spendour, has its own water entrance, and is located in a pleasant neighborhood within convenient walking distance of the Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal.

For details, including a satellite map, see the Palazzo Abadessa (residenza d'epoca) page in our Venice Hotel Directions at