It's hard to envisage this level of seclusion so close to the tourist-filled Piazzetta, yet here it is. Dating from 1953, the gracious Gatto Bianco offers a cool contemporary lounge, leafy courtyards and terraces, not to mention a fluffy white cat. The light-filled rooms have high ceilings and gleaming majolica tiling, but the real highlight is the 'secret' garden.
Replete with classical statues, hidden nooks and both real and sculpted cats, this is a fine place to lose an afternoon or two doing absolutely nothing. There's an onsite spa if you can muster up the energy to move.