|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This wonderful apartment is ideally located in the central Cannaregio, one of the most popular and characteristic district of Venice, five minutes from the Rialto bridge and seven minutes from Piazza San Marco. The apartment is on the third floor with no elevator and situated inside the ancient Palazzo Maggiani: the building has a double entrance, on the street and on the channel. It has been recently renovated but maintains its classic atmosphere thanks to the unique features and period furniture, typical Venetian style. The soaring ceilings and the top floor position makes the apartment really bright and airy, with an amazing view over the Venetian roofs. It comprises two levels offering generous space and can host up to 12 people. On the ground floor there is a comfortable and cozy living room with dining area and sofa bed for two, a fully-equipped kitchen, three double bedrooms (two with double beds and one with two twin beds) and two bathrooms. On the upper level there is a large studio with a sofa bed for two, two bedrooms each with one French bed and one bathroom. The apartment is very quiet and equipped with A/C, Wi-fi connection, washing machine, dishwasher and Tv. The location is excellent with convenient stores, shops, bakeries and “Bacari” (traditional venetian restaurants) nearby. In this lively area you can also find many markets, antique shops and the famous Teatro Malibran. With its lovely characteristic design and modern comfort you will fully enjoy the magic of this amazing city
The apartment is pretty much as described on the site (maybe a little older and quirkier) and is situated in a great location. Not only is it close to both the Rialto and San Marco Square, there are also some great local bars and restaurants which are about 2 mins walk from the apartment.
There is a very convienant place that water taxis can stop to drop you from the airport and it is a short walk to about 3 water bus stops (the Rialto one has the most bridges to cross). The lady who met us and showed us to the apartment was very friendly and helpful.
Key things to be aware of when booking: the apartment comfortably sleeps 8 without using the sofa beds (3 doubles downstairs and 2 singles upstairs). The sofa beds are doubles so you could sleep another 4, but there are no curtains upstairs if you want to use that sofa bed.
There are 59 stairs up to the apartment - great for allowing you to enjoy all the Italian food however!
The kitchen is quite old, we managed to do some self-catering, but there are not lots of pots and pans for cooking and the toaster didn't work when we were there, although there was plenty of plates and cutlery.
Overall, the apartment worked really well for us and we enjoyed our week.
This apartment is everything as advertised. The furnishings were beautifully done and comfortable. The apartment is well maintained and managed. Our group included three couples and two single adults. Everyone had their own bedroom. The upstairs sitting room was very charming and we enjoyed watching the sunset and listening to the church bells in the evenings. Definitely recommend to friends and families. We enjoyed our home in Venice!
I would have choosen another property. This unit Has ONLY has 3 true bedrooms. There are 3 stated bedrooms upstairs. The 2 of the bedrooms are closet size and smell like mold and the third has no blinds so the sun comes in with force at 5:30am. When We were sleeping upstairs, I found the reason for the mold smell...IT RAINS THRU THE CEILINGS AND MGMT DID NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED. While the bathrooms are modern and up to date the kitchen is dirty, completely out of date and not worth using. We stated in an apt to have meals with our family and chose never to use it.
The photos looked great, the location looked good; however, the lack of care and maintenance overwhelmed the pros:
1) kitchen is old and when we checked in we were told the dishwasher could not be run with other electronics in the kitchen... So we didn't use;
2) no coffee maker of any sort;
3) the kitchen did not have enough dishes so that our party of 8 could eat together;
4) the clothes washer did not work - this amenity was one of the reasons we chose this apartment:
5) there was no toilet paper or soap in the bathrooms;
6) we found an empty condom wrapper under the bed in one of the rooms;
7) one of the beds upstairs did not have a top sheet and we question whether it had been changed at all;
8) the ceiling in one of the upstairs bedrooms and the upstairs living room leaked when it rained.
We travel a lot and prefer to rent apartments or homes. This was by far one of the worst maintained private properties we have ever stayed at. Until the maintenance and hospitality issues have been resolved, I would not recommend staying at this property.
I honestly don't know where to begin. The place was a mess. The rental agency who handles the property completely ignored our calls when things did not work as promised. And I called the owner while in Venice who never called me back. I think this property is misrepresented. It does not sleep 10 people. The rooms upstairs are extremely small with no ventilation. On top of it there were no sheets for the fold out couches. The list below sums it up. And honestly I want my money back. Another traveler left there complaints too so added them to this list. DO NOT STAY HERE!
-No sheets for bed
-Air condition only in select rooms
-Bugs all over the place which led to all of us being bit and with welts
-Dishwasher full of dirty dishes.
-Toilets had remains all over them
-Toilet lids all fell off
-Shower upstairs did not work
-Washer malfunctioned and clothes got stuck inside had to hand wash, owner never called me back
-Powerpoints come out of wall - DANGEROUS
-Not enough towels all like dish towels.
-Knobs came off drawers
-4 flights of stairs no elevator
-NO glassware or tpee
-Sink had old food in it
As I said I called the agency who manages the property and they completely did not help. They gave me the owners info who in turn never called me back. Venice is an amazing city but this was the worst place I have ever stayed. EVER. I am so angry and plan on complaining to Homeaway. I want a refund. There should be some sort of compliance for properties.
Great location, clean had everything we needed. 4 stars only due to flights of stairs with luggage. I had only a carry on but some traveling companions had several suitcases so made it hard for them. We had a great stay. We were 6 adults but could have been a larger group. Lovely view from the apartment. Remember you are in Venice & there are stairs to climb. Would definitely stay here again.
Owner arranged water taxi from the airport for us, they were available if we needed them but never had any issues. Escorted us to the apartment. I highly recommend!
The apartment is located in the most central area of Cannaregio, close to the San Marco and Castello sestriere and to major attractions such as the Rialto bridge and market, Piazza S.Marco, the Mercerie (shopping area) and the Fenice.. Developed along the Grand Canal, Cannaregio offers a picture-postcard, in which there are always gondoliers with striped shirt and artists painting bells marked by time.
As always in Venice, the best way to get around is on foot. The most appealing part of Cannaregio lies quietly to the north, waiting to be explored. Three parallel canals run through a very peaceful area near Venice's northern shore, where the exploring traveler will find a couple of the town's more interesting churches. The quieter stretches of canal here can be amazingly silent and attractive. Heading back southwards you'll come to a livelier stretch of canal along Fondamenta della Misericordia, where there are some good canalside bars and places to eat. It's buzzing in the evenings but not enough to spoil the Venetian atmosphere, and the tourists are mixed with locals.
Cannaregio highlights and attractions
Fondamenta della Misericordia - an attractive canalside walk, with bars and restaurants.
Campo dei Mori - a small square famous for its turbaned statues; reminders of Venice's wide trading links
Madonna dell'Orto - a pretty gothic church with a brick facade
Ca' d'Oro - just about the most beautiful palace on the Grand Canal, it's now a gallery with lovely views over the Grand Canal
Santa Maria dei Miracoli - our favourite church in Venice is in the far east of Cannaregio; an unmissable Renaissance marble treasure.
Cattedrale di Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the biggest gothic church of Venice with the beautiful Scuola di S Marco facade and the characteristic cafès of the area such as Rosa Salva
La corte del Milion where Marco Polo was born and raise
The Casino - housed in a grand Renaissance palace, Ca' Vendramin Calergi, Venice's casino is always keen to attract tourists, offering a free boat shuttle from Piazzale Roma and free entrance with a special leaflet. Richard Wagner died in the building: his rooms can be visited at pre-booked times.
Eating and drinking
I like La Cantina, a little bar with outside tables at Campo San Felice. They serve good food as well as a selection of excellent wines. There are more nice bars on Fondamenta della Misericordia, including the famous Paradiso Perduto, and a range of restaurants including the good Ostaria da Rioba and the Ristorante Diana. Up by the ferry stops at Fondamenta Nove is Algiubagiò, a fine, slightly pricey restaurant which has a more affordable pizza menu. For a quick meal close to the station, try Brek on the Lista di Spagna, the Venice branch of an efficient self-service chain.
At Campo San Felice, look out for the tall skinny house set back from the canal: a very bizarre sight. Around the corner from Campo dei Mori is Palazzo Mastelli, famous for its stone relief of an odd-looking camel. Further along the same canal (Rio Madonna dell'Orto) there's a picturesque little bridge from which you can see over an unexpected marina.