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A luxury apartment full of light on the first floor of an ancient Venetian palace, in the quiet Cannaregio district and close to the beautiful Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
This beautifully furnished apartment consists of an entrance hall, a large living room with sofa bed, a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The apartment has a magnificent view of a classic Venetian canal, has high ceilings and is the traditional Venetian terrazzo floor.
The living room has painted coffered ceilings, a huge chandelier of Murano, a chest original of the nineteenth century and a double sofa bed.
The master bedroom has a bed with Venetian style with lacquered headboard, a dresser of the nineteenth century and a beautiful wardrobe of the late eighteenth century with the original glass.
This was our first visit to Venice and we were very very impressed. Loved the apartment, very stylish, well equipped, in great location, within walking distance to main sights, shops etc.
The apartment in Venice is beautiful, and located a very short distance from a piazza perhaps 15 minutes from San Marco...and if you enjoy Venice...half the fun of the city is in the walking and the exploration of the quiet canals and alleys. In this sense, the apartment is perfect. Picturesque both inside and out, it is hidden away in a quiet neighborhood, far away from anything even remotely touristy.
Unfortunately, we ran into a few issues that were of concern during our visit. The weather was a bit warm during our stay (early June, 2016), and the air conditioning wasn't functioning. We made a phone call to the local contact, and no one responded. We contacted HomeAway and they responded immediately (very professional)...resulting in action on the local level. Unfortunately, the "quick fix" for the air conditioning only lasted for one day - the apartment was uncomfortably warm for the remainder of our stay. Shortly thereafter, the hot water quit functioning, resulting in ice-cold showers for two days. Again...calls on the local level resulted in no action, and despite the professional responses from HomeAway, no one ever responded in Venice to fix the problem. Perhaps they felt that if we were too warm in the apartment during the day....we could step into the ice-cold shower to cool off? (Sarcasm)
It's too bad we ran into problems with the apartment, as it had great potential. The next-door-neighbor was a very caring woman who asked us if we needed anything...we felt like locals...and the neighborhood was incredibly quiet, which I love, while on vacation. But if you struggle to sleep at night, from the heat...and if you wake up in the morning to a bitterly cold shower, that is NOT the way to end the day and/or start the day...if you know what I'm saying. If they could avoid those issues, they would have a great rental property here.
Located in Cannaregio nr Campo of Sts. Giovanni and Paulo. We took a private transfer from the airport arranged by the letting agents - a car to Piazzale Roma then water taxi down the Grand Canal and along the small canals to very near our apartment where we were met by a representative - a great way to arrive. Going home we easily walked (10-15 mins with luggage) to Fondamente Nova for the alilaguna. There are two bridges to get to the stop that serves the airport beyond the ticket office - or go to the Ospedale stop (one bridge) where there isn't a ticket office. From Fondamente Nova you can get the vaporettos to the islands, the Lido and all other destinations - some may mean a change - not a problem if you have a 24/48 or weekly ticket. The area has a feel of the real Venice about it but is only a 15 minute stroll to the Rialto Bridge and other tourist sights.
The apartment is down a narrow lane behind wrought iron gate for which you have a key, through a garden (which is not for your use) and up an easy flight of stairs. It feels safe and secure. For 2 people the flat is quite spacious with a sofa bed for another 2. I didn't find the bed hard as some reviewers had suggested and slept very well. We shut the shutters to make it dark and it was very quiet. Light sleepers may notice locals going to work on the canal in the morning but this isn't a problem and there is no traffic noise as no cars! There is plenty of hot water from the boiler and a good shower over the bath. The ability to have a soak in the bath is most welcome after a long day. Some reviewers have said that the apartment is a little worn and there are a few small things that a handyman and the cleaner could do that would make all the difference to people's perception. Two dining chairs had the stuffing knocked out of them & were stained, the shutters didn't secure open & would close themselves when there was a small breeze up the canal, the kitchen looked like it had been stocked with odds and ends some of which could have done with a clean as did areas like under the bed (I had dropped something that rolled under there). We were told we were too late for the shops and there was nothing in the flat. It doesn't cost much & makes a huge difference to arrive to a few essentials i.e. coffee, milk, sugar, condiments - maybe a bottle of prosecco! A local restaurant sold us some though later we found that the Coop on Calle Marcello, 5890 is open till 9pm
We stayed during the Carnevale and we had a great time. It has everything you need to make you feel at home. Very cozy and spacious, excellent location, quiet and clean
The apartment is nice and quiet- off the beaten "tourist" path. Behind the apartment is a canal which small motor boats and gondolas use. I loved that we could look out the window and watch the boats go buy. The decor and furniture are nice and the updated bathroom was a bonus. I agree with a previous reviewer that the mattresses were hard.
We were told there was a hair dryer and thus did not bring our own. The hair dryer did not work and this was a huge disappointment. Also, we bought food to cook breakfast but the lighter for the stove didn't work. I think it was out of lighter fluid. Thus, we weren't able to cook anything. The wifi wasn't great- it kind of flickered in and out- but it served its purpose and was better than nothing.
I would recommend this apartment to others as long as you first verify specific amenities listed are actually available and work. All in all, I really liked the apartment and the location.
Our stay in Venice was the last leg of a 21-days trip to Italy, which also included Florence and Rome, all booked via HomeAway. The Venice apartment was by far the most expensive, and a separate “cleaning fee” was added. Its location is fine, a few blocks off the beaten path of tourists. That makes the apartment mostly quiet, although by 5 a.m. or a bit later some motor boats start to circulate in the canal next to it. Located on the first level, it is easily accessible. Our favourite restaurant on Fondamento Nóvo was Da Alvisa (Cannaregio, 5045/a), with nice views and fantastic pasta and pizza dishes.
The main problem with this apartment is that, in spite of good-looking pictures, the furniture is quite old. Only the bathroom is updated. The kitchen is mostly functional but dated, and the espresso coffee maker did not work. The teapot had so much accumulated stuff at its bottom that it looked disgusting. The mattresses are very tough and need updating. The bedroom had a penetrated cigarette smell. The carpet in the living room had a smell of stale humidity and it was old. The Wi-Fi had an extremely weak and slow connection, so it was barely operable. By comparison, the Florence apartment was fully renovated a year and a half before and it is cleaned by the owner, who also owns the next-door apartment in the same building. The furniture was simple, all from Ikea, but fully functional and comfortable. Both at Florence and in Rome, the apartments had a good supply of coffee for our entire stay and other essentials like oil, dishwashing soap, washing-machine soap, bubble bath soap, and even toothpaste in Rome. They did feel like a “home away from home.” In Venice, there was just a trace of oil, sufficient to make an egg or two. All the pots and pans were very old. All-in-all, the Venice apartment seemed considerably overpriced, and this probably has much to do with the fact that it is (mis-)managed by a real estate company, headquartered in Rome. The paper work required for this booking was enormous compared to the other two. The management should provide a map with the most important essentials, like a supermarket, restaurants, etc., as we were provided both in Florence and Rome. With current management practices, and without updating, I cannot recommend this property.
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.