Scala Mata is on the main street dividing Seco Marina: a colourful, characteristic and thoroughly Venetian quarter, historic home of the shipbuilding community working at the Arsenale. If you’re looking for the ‘real’ Venice, then look no further!

This is the ideal Venice Biennale apartment, within five minutes walking distance of the national pavilions in the Giardini and ten minutes to the exhibitions in art, architecture, dance and theatre at the Arsenale. If film is your passion, it’s a one-stop vaporetto ride in late August / early September to the Venice Film Festival on the Lido.

Other local attractions include Venice’s Naval History Museum, where you can chart the rise of the Serenissima’s maritime empire, and the original cathedral church of Venice, on the island of San Pietro. A two-kilometre walk will take you to the historic hospital and church of SS Giovanni & Paolo and the wonderful Santa Maria dei Miracoli, in the neighbouring area of Cannaregio.

In the midst of historic Castello, you can find traditional floating fruit and vegetable markets together with convenience supermarkets and a host of wine-bars, snack bars, restaurants and cafes grouped around Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, just two minutes from Scala Mata. Turn the other way towards Sant’Elena and you have green spaces for kids to play and dogs to run.

Please use the interactive and downloadable maps, or sign up to our newsletter to discover more information about Castello, and some of our recommendations.

*to zoom back out from street view to the map, please click the cross (x) in the top LH corner.

Getting There

Public Transport

Whether you’re arriving by air, bus, train or car: you’ll finish your journey by boat and on foot. Around 10 days before you arrive we’ll send you personalised directions, up-to-date timetables and further information tailored to your individual booking and point of arrival. 

Please e-mail us previous to this if you’re arriving at night, or by ferry from Punta Sabbioni or Treporti.

Venice Water Taxi

Venice Water Taxi direct from Marco Polo airport will get you the closest to Scala Mata in the least amount of time. They cost around € 120-140 one-way for the boat, for up to 10 passengers and luggage. The stop you need to ask for is the Giardini. When you alight, you are within 5mins walk of the apartment: there are no high bridges with steps to cross and there’s even a ramp for the luggage!

You can book on line in advance, but the taxis run regularly from the airport.

Getting Around

Scala Mata recommends the Venezia Unica on-line service. It is the simplest way to tailor a single card to your personal needs. You can choose to have just public transport, or public transport including the shuttle-bus to Marco Polo Airport, or a combined card with museum and church entry.

Visit Venezia Unica before travelling and choose the card that suits you. You will receive a reservation code (PNR) and voucher by e-mail. You then collect your card by entering your personal PNR booking code at one of the ACTV automatic ticket machines or by presenting your voucher (PNR booking code) at one of the many Points of Sale and Collection in the city.

N.B. The card does not include entry to the Venice Biennale of Art or Architecture, or the Alilaguna boat service from the airport.