Leone Hotel is located in the heart of the Cannaregio district, immersed in the most authentic, lively and tradition-rich Venice where the life of Venetians flows between water and bridges.
An intimate palazzo of ancient origins that has been completely renovated and from which one can enjoy the most evocative sunsets in the most romantic city in the world
Behind the Jewish Ghetto, the hotel overlooks the Cannaregio Canal, close to the Grand Canal, as well as the main road to Rialto and San Marco, which can be reached with a leisurely stroll through museums, palaces, churches and other fascinating places in the lagoon city.
Leone Hotel spreads out on three floors, lift service provided. On the ground floor guests will find our reception and lounge while the first and second floor host our rooms, equipped with all comforts needed to make the most of your time in Venice.
Our rooms vary in size and category. Each room is furnished in a modern style featuring natural tones and is enriched by photos and paintings of Venice.
The lion, a symbol of fortitude and wisdom, represents Venice and is the emblem of St Mark, the city’s patron saint.
Legend has it that St Mark, while setting sail towards Alexandria in Egypt, encountered a tempest thus seeking refuge in one of the few fishermen’s huts in Venice (most likely located around Rialto). After a frugal meal, he fell asleep. An angel, in the form of a winged lion, appeared to him in a dream and uttered a sentence in Latin: ‘’Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus. Hic requiescet corpus tuum’’, meaning ‘‘Peace be with you, Mark, dear evangelist of mine, here is where your body will rest’’. In the morning, the Saint narrated this event to the fishermen and then departed to Egypt where he eventually met his demise. From then on, for centuries, this legend was passed down from generation to generation making Venetians more and more determined to return Mark’s body to the city. Finally, in 828, two Venetian merchants stole the relics of the Saint from Alexandria and delivered them into the embrace of their homeland.
The winged lion is a recurring feature of innumerable elements in the city: bridges, boats, paintings, statues, bas-reliefs, and several ‘doorknockers’ spread all over more and less renowned corners of the historic centre.
Let’s find and photograph them!
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