Hotel Scandinavia Campo S. Maria Formosa, Castello 5240
30122 Venice, Italy

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The name Scandinavia seem to have nothing in common with the “Serenissima” city of Venice, but it is not so ... Already in the second half of the two hundred, organized merchants of Venice, representing compact and homogeneous business groups, traded with the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, with the need to keep the positions acquired. The trade provided maritime transport of various kinds, from the spices that Venice got from the East, the precious fabrics, herrings and tanned leathers that the Scandinavian countries produced with skill. The exchange was strengthened until 1450 thanks to the formation of the Hanseatic League that protected trade in Northern Europe. Different regions opened “fonteghi” in Venice, where the goods were sorted, stored and accounted, the most famous is that of the Germans, but there were others, smaller and less known, like the Russian, Flemish, and the Finnish. In addition in the early '400 spread the use of a new type of ship, produced by the Venetian naval Arsenal: "la cocca" a large transport ship, well suited to withstand even the difficult northern seas.

The family that lived in our building back then, held stable businesses with Scandinavian regions. During some restorations of the palace, the original walls of the Byzantine period and two covered docks were discovered. Also were found rolled with care in the interior of the floor beams, two manuscripts that certify the purchase of silver coins for trade with Finland. This confirms the presence of merchants who kept close relations with Scandinavia since the heyday of the Venetian Republic.

We hope with this brief story, to immerse our guests with the authentic spirit of Venetian civilization, sure to accommodate them in a simple but genuine environment and to explain the reason of the name chosen for our home to the many guests often asking us explanations on the name Hotel Scandinavia. The Tinacci family owners of the Hotel for a long time now, bought the building and the business from an entrepreneur of Scandinavian origin who to this day still has trade with the countries of the north; the building was transformed over time for use of hosting mostly patrons of those cold countries, some time later welcoming travelers from everywhere.

The property chose to maintain a Venetian atmosphere, using eighteenth century style furniture made by prestigious artisans, using brocade fabrics, lamps still made by master glassmakers of Murano, and in various stages of restructuring the building many decorative structural elements of the golden age of the Serenissima Republic were restored . The first floors of the building, in order to beautify the walls of the rooms were chosen geographical antique prints, reproducing regions across Europe, copies of etchings by Canaletto drawings and reproductions of paintings by Venetian masters; in order to emphasize the connection between the lagoon city and the rest of the world. While the upper floors have paintings of contemporary art from the private collection owned by the Tinacci family.