At the heart of the neighbourhood is our hotel, a converted 1930s monastery where a peaceful inner sanctuary offers further respite from the bustle. Our neighbours include the elegant red-brick Gothic church of Sant’Elena, built by Augustinian monks in the 11th century and known for its lofty landmark belltower. Maybe it’s the church, or maybe it’s our former monastery, but this neighbourhood exudes an almost spiritual calm.
It’s a feeling of serenity that engulfs you the moment you step off the vaporetto (water taxi) at the Sant’Elena stop, which connects the neighbourhood to the rest of the Venetian Lagoon. The station is located in the marvellously tranquil Parco delle Rimembranze. Large and leafy public parks are a rarity in Venice, so this is a rare opportunity to relax in the sunshine with a good book, plenty of room to yourself, and perhaps a glass of prosecco. You’re still in Venice, after all.