Private Canal Views
- Name: Marino
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €1255/week, 4 nites minimum
This apartment was so special and well appointed; it was such an enjoyment to stay.
A light-filled apartment overlooking a small canal with a view also of the Grand Canal of Venice. The Dorsoduro neighborhood quickly becomes home away from the shoulder-to-shoulder throngs around magnet places like St Mark`s piazza.
The Dorsoduro neighborhood is real Venice. Sure, plenty of tourists as there have been for millenia, but also all the locals who shop for their veggies around the corner at the greengrocer`s boat docked at the Campo San Barnaba, sip their beverages in the Bar Ai Artisti in the Campo and buy their groceries at the Billa market with its views across the Giudecca canal. Wonderful is the slight separation from the really busy San Marco and Castello districts but they are still in easy reach. You can cross the Grand Canal at the end of the calle (walking street) on the traghetto (ferry) or walk 5 minutes one way to the Accademia bridge or 10 minutes the other direction to the Rialto bridge. Riding the water-busses is easy, one stops at the same place as the traghetto, Ca` Rezzonico, or the walk to the Piazzale Roma for a car park or the train station takes only 15 minutes.
The bulding dates from mideaval times and is on the calle (pedestrian street) that leads from the Ca` Rezzonico vaporetto stop to Campo San Barnaba, a nice campo (square) to enjoy with a beverage in the Bar Ai Artisti. The entrance hall is clean and cool. A neighbor`s private garden opens into the hall bringing in light. A small elevator rises to the second to the top floor where this apartment is located.
Two large windows and French doors in the living/dining room bring in lots of light. A small balcony is up two steps; it overlooks Ca` Rezzonico palace, a small canal and across the neighboring rooftop, the Grand Canal.
You can spend a lot of time enjoying your private view of the palace with its collection of sculpted heads above and below each window. The daily rhythm of the city can be traced by the sights and sounds of Venice observed from your apartment. Church bells across the city toll the daylight hours. Early morning delivery boats service the businesses up and down the canals, the rumble of powerful marine engines mark the passing of the vaporetti at the nearby stop, water taxis and private motor boats make watery sounds in their infrequent passage and the occasional gondola is seen below.
An L-shaped sofa is a comfy spot and can seat three. The sofa opens to form a double sized bed. Truly beautiful woods are featured in the parquet floor, bookshelves and dining table. A flat-panel TV with satellite reception brings in a few English-language stations. Interesting and varied original artwork can be found throughout. The owner`s father`s art can be seen on the walls and in a book on the shelves.
The kitchen and bedroom are down six steps from the living/dining room. Small but efficient, the kitchen really has everything you need for real cooking, if you wish. Four burner gas stove, oven, under-counter refrigerator with small freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. There is an Italian coffee maker and a French press. The pots and pans are plentiful as well as cooking utensils. Dishes and serving pieces are in an armoire near the dining table.
The bedroom and the kitchen are under the eves. The ceiling on the far side of the bed is almost 6 feet. The bed consists of joined single beds, so slightly wider than a North American queen. At the far side, there are built in closets. Also in the bedroom is an armoire and a small desk. A sky light can be opened/closed and a sliding panel can eliminate sunlight.
Across the living room from the kitchen/bedroom steps is a large bathroom. The large window has the usual palace view. There is a large tub with shower, toilet, bidet and sink. The drying rack for laundry and iron and ironing board are also stowed here.
Property and area amenities
|Sleeps||2 + 2|
|Bedrooms||1 with dual queen bed (2 single beds joined together), slightly wider than a U.S. queen|
|Bathrooms||1 bathroom with tub with shower over, toilet, bidet, sink|
|Floor||3rd European Designation 4th North American Designation|
|Mobility||6 internal steps between bedroom level and bathroom level. Venice itself is challenging if you have mobility problems.|
|Size||About 800 sq ft.|
|Outlook||Small balcony with views.|
|Dining||Dining table seats 6.|
|Kitchen||Four burner gas stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, under counter refrigerator with small freezer compartment, washing machine, Italian coffee maker, drip coffee maker and French press. Pots, pans and utensils.|
|Laundry||Washing machine, drying rack, iron and ironing board.|
|Air Conditioning||Yes, works well. Works only as air conditioner; does not have a heat function.|
|Heating||Central heat controlled by guest in the apartment.|
|Utilities||10kwh/day included, additional paid by guests.|
|Transport||Vaporetto stop very close.|
|Entertainment||Flat panel TV with Satellite reception for a few English-language channels.|
|Telephone||Yes, landline phone - local service only.|
|Family||Fine, but steps and balcony could be a concern for toddlers.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included in price.|
|Security Deposit||€300 Euros or $400 USD cash security deposit paid at check in|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights||4 Weeks|
Nov 1 - Feb 14
Dec 15- Jan 6
There is a 4 night minimum stay with 7 night minimum during holiday weeks. The holiday weeks are Easter, Christmas from December 21/22/23 and New Year`s from December 27/28/29 arrival to departure 7 nights later.
The price includes booking fee, credit card fee, greeting fee, keyholder fee, WiFi/internet, final cleaning, linens, towels, and 10Kwh/day utilities allowance.
Not included is a security deposit of €300 payable in cash at check in, refunded less expenses on-site after departure inspection and utilities used over the 10Kwh/day allowance.
Check in is normally from 5-8pm. To guarantee check in before 5pm or to check out after 10am, you may reserve the night before or the night after your stay, if available, for ½ the nightly price calculated against the price for the number of nights you are staying in the property. Sometimes, if the housekeeper is in the apartment cleaning when you reach Venice, then you may be able to arrive and leave your luggage. This possibility is a day to day situation, so when you call your greeter from your point of arrival, then she'll tell you if you can go to drop your bags. If not possible, there are convenient locations to check luggage described in the Venice information we provide. Check in between 8-10pm requires €50 paid in cash to greeter. Check in between 10pm and midnight must be confirmed in advance and €75 Euro payment in cash to greeter. Early Check In from 9am. Late Check Out until 5pm. We cannot guarantee you will be able to check in early or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
Default bed makeup for 2 guests is the bed in the bedroom. If you are two and would also like the sofa bed made up, there is a housekeeping charge of €35.
- We love this neighborhood.
- The apartment is bright, really pleasant and comfortable.
- Quiet, too.
- It could take a couple of days to get used to having to go up and down the six steps between the kitchen and the dining area.
- The separation of the bedroom and bathroom including steps could be a problem for people who have to go in the night.
Guest Book Testimonials
What a great place to stay in Venice!
We have stayed in Venice before, but the location of this apartment was amazing. We were able to walk everywhere and got lost but could always find a boat!
The apartment had everything we needed and we felt comfortable there!
We hope to return soon!
Italy Perfect gave us so much valuable information! Thank you
[Thank you, Irene. Getting lost is one of the pleasures of Venice! We look forward to your return. The Italy Perfect Team.]
Great location in a bright and light apartment.
Our apartment in Venice was wonderful from the greeting at the boat dock to the few steps to the building of our apartment (with a lift). The large living/dining room with the large windows and the view to the canal was lovely. The tiny kitchen was perfect for morning breakfast and the skylights in the kitchen and bedroom let ample light in those rooms as well. Always nice to have a washer – but you do need to duck down to use it – the kitchen has a slanted ceiling.
The decorating was nice, the location so easy to walk everywhere and we would stay again. Great place for couples.
When we left the caretaker came and greeting us on time – returning our deposit to us. Do remember to bring cash for deposits in Italy. We found the same thing in Rome that caught us off guard…because it was not done that way in other rentals we have had in Europe. Just a heads up no problem at all.
All the information sent to us my Italy Perfect was very helpful – we found some great places to visit and eat (places with few tourists and mostly Italians). Thanks so much!
[Thank you so much, Linda! Italy Perfect Team]
fantastic apartment close to everything
Thank you so much for all the helpful information and great restaurants , the apartment is so close to the water taxi and not far from anywhere, was clean and comfortable with plenty of room for us three, it was a joy to stay and everything was there that we needed. We did not find the noise previously state to be any problem,we used the shutters at night. It was a delight seeing and hearing the boats going past and was close to Rialto markets and the square was only a short boat ride ( Vaporeto) away, the San Margatia restaurant was a great close place to eat with great tasting food.we would not hesitate to stay here again if coming to Venice
BB & C
[Thank you so much for so thoroughly enjoying Venice. We, too love, the swish of the boats going by and the more distant occasional rumble of the vaporetti. That’s how you know you are in Venice! The Italy Perfect team.]
Venice--the last stop in our excellent adventure
Venice was the last stay in our Italian adventure. Our cousin and son had already gone home, so it was just the two of us in Venice. We had visited Venice a number of times before, staying around St. Marco, so it was fun to take an apartment in an area away from the tourist crowds. Everything went like clockwork from the start. The greeter was prompt, friendly and very helpful. The apartment is in a terrific location, right next to the Ca Rezzonico vaporetto stop. We loved being in the Dorsoduro neighborhood with its museums, churches, little shops and many restaurants: the Taverna San Trovaso near the Accademia was a particular favorite.
Otherwise, it was great fun walking around and figuring how to access and visit other sestieri in Venice. By the end of the week we were quite proud when we could make our way all around the City without a map.
The quirkiness of the apartment was definitely part of the charm. Being able to walk to the outside door with the wrought iron animal knocker, use a key and slip in from the calle felt like a privilege and made us feel part of the neighborhood. We loved hearing the boat traffic right under the windows. What a treat to look out above the rooftops in the morning to check out the weather and to see the Grand Canal. The bed was very comfortable, although we would suggest having a reading lamp and chair in the living room located a bit away from the TV.
By the way, the Alilaguna boat which goes to the airport also stops at the Ca Rezzonico vaporetto stop; so transit in and out of the City could not be more convenient. I would be happy to recommend this apartment to our friends. Thank you Italy Perfect for your expertise, patience and help planning our trip.
[Thank you, Sheila, for your kind review and your helpful suggestions. Come again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Finding and checking into the apartment was very easy. The owner was wonderfully nice and helpful and the entire process was quick. You can't beat the location, one building back from the Grand Canal at about the midway point. We found walking most everywhere was a reasonable option. The living area of the apartment was huge and nicely furnished. Unfortunately, the layout of the rest of the apartment was a bit strange with the only bathroom/water closet on one side of the living area and the bedroom on the opposite side of the living area. The kitchen was between the bedroom and the living area, doing anything in the kitchen is sure to wake up anyone still asleep. Not horrible, just a bit odd. As much as we loved the location and the hospitality of the owner, we would probably explore other options when returning to Venice. Neighbors in the building had a dog that not only barked but left feces on the landing that remained for 2-3 days.
[So glad you enjoyed the location and the bright and airy apartment. As for the dog everyone is so upset to hear about it, embarrassment all around. When the manager approached the dog's owner she said she remembers the dog escaping during that time then running back in. Obviously, he left a "souvenir" on the staircase. Because she always takes the elevator she didn't see it to clean it up. We are very sorry; she is going to guard against escapes and take more care. The apartment owner just spent 4 nights in the apartment and didn't hear any barking, so that seems to be under control. The Italy Perfect Team]
We loved our accommodations!
We loved our accommodations in Venice. The location was quiet, away from the crowds, but not a far walk to the sites. Restaurants were nearby and very good! The apartment had everything one needs to prepare meals, get a comfortable sleep, wash clothes, etc. and right on a canal with a lovely view! The living area was large, light and comfortable. A real plus was the owner, a delightful, patient lady! I would say the only drawback was the location of the bathroom from the bedroom which meant going up and down stairs. I would recommend Italy Perfect without hesitation.
[Thank you so much, Marsha. The Italy Perfect Team]
A very nice, but unusual comfortable apartment
The Marina apartment was very nice and comfortable, but had an unusual layout that takes a bit of time (a day or two) to become acclimated to. In prior reviews of the apartment there we comments on the Wi-Fi and the comfort of the bed. The Wi-Fi was excellent with a strong signal and a secure hook-up. The bed was quite comfortable. The location was excellent overall and very convenient to the vaporetto just 50+ paces from the door of the building. We used the vaporetto extensively except for the day when there was a general strike in Italy and it didn't run. This gave us the opportunity to experience what every guide book suggests, walk around Venice and get lost. We promptly did get lost. It was fun, "get lost in Venice".
The greeter, Evelyn, was quite thorough and very helpful. Her comments and suggestions added to our enjoyable stay.
My only less positive comment is that water pressure in the apartment is not quite what I would have liked. But these are older buildings in Venice and not the US. It was quite adequate. For first timers, note that lighting in the apartment is not what we're accustomed to in the US. But with such high power costs it was fine. The washer worked well. We did laundry a number of times and the drying rack was fine.
The Dorsoduro area has all the convenience, shops and great places to have dinner, all within a 5-10 minutes stroll. Note, the restaurants are not inexpensive. We ate breakfast and lunch in and splurged for dinner.
All-in-all, a very nice week. I'd recommend the apartment.
Pros: This property was perfectly situated for maximum access to all Venetian sights via the lagoon yet in a neighborhood away from the tourist press around San Marco. We loved the location and the thoughtfulness displayed by our greeter who gave us good tips on enjoying our stay. The bath and open concept living room and dining area are airy and spacious and there is a great "peek a boo" view from the tiny balcony of the grand canal. After a few days we felt we knew the local piazza and a couple of establishments which is exactly the experience we were seeking.
Cons: If you are looking for a place to actually cook some of the wonderful seafood and ingredients available at the Rialto market you will find this property challenging as the kitchen is cramped-it is basically tucked under an eave down a level from the dining area and is very difficult to work in. Getting to the fridge without bumping our heads was hilarious. Also the bedroom is a bit claustrophobic as it is also partially tucked under an eave with only a skylight as a portal to the outside. The layout of the apartment might also be difficult for older visitors as the bathroom is up a few stairs and at the far end of the apartment away from the bedroom.
Italy Perfect was great to work with.
[Thanks so much Marilyn. We are delighted you enjoyed the location, the neighborhood and our service. Sorry our photos and description weren't clear enough about the quirky layout in this interesting old building. The Italy Perfect Team]
A Venice-like apartment
The accommodation was like Venice- a bit quirky- with the bathroom and lounge upstairs and the kitchen and bedroom downstairs. But we soon got used to these unusual features although the apartment was not as wonderful as the one we had in Rome last year, close to the Piazza Navona.
The greeter was excellent and very helpful. The location, so close to a vaporetto stop was great. The area generally not too touristy and the local restaurants good on the whole.
Suggested improvements? An electric kettle, English TV channels , a light above the internal stairs and a book for writing comments and recommendations for restaurants etc (as in the Rome apartment)
[Thanks so much for your review. Yes, we inform all guests about the internal steps. Glad you liked the convenient and not so touristy neighborhood, too. Thank you very much for the suggestions that we will try to implement. There was an electric kettle in the cupboard. The Italy Perfect Team]
Venice Marino Apartment
We had a wonderful stay, the location was perfect and we appreciate all that was done for us. The greeter got us front row seats for the Regatta Storico, alerted us to a concert the night before that told the story of the Regatta, and gave us many restaurant tips that were very good. What more can you ask for?
[We are delighted that Evelyn was able to be so much help to you and you had a lovely stay. -Italy Perfect Team]
Map and Location
|Ca Rezzonico Vaporetto (water bus) stop - 2 minute walk|
|Piazza San Marco - 20 min walk|
|Rialto Bridge - 18 min walk|
|Train Station - 17 min walk|
|Accademia Museum - 5 min walk|
|Peggy Guggenheim Collection - 9 min walk|
|Frari Church - 7 min walk|
|Grocery store - 7 min walk|
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