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 from 5-8pm. To be able to check in before 5pm, you should reserve the night before at half the nightly price. 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. 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
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]
Location location location
We had a great time at this apartment and would rent it again. It was light and airy with a large bath and living room area. The kitchen was adequate. The bedroom, while down a short set of stairs, could be really dark if you close the skylight which made for great sleeping conditions. The view from the balcony and the dining room table while somewhat limited still provided good views of the Grand Canal. Evelyn was very helpful in showing us the apartment. The location right down from the San Barnabas plaza is superb. There are many good restaurants within short walking distance including Lucanda Montin, an Anthony Bourdain recommendation. We loved sitting at the window of Osteria Al Pugni by the Bridge of Punches with a bottle of wine to people watch. They have great little sandwiches and it was right by the fruit and vegetable boat as well. The vaporettto stop was 40 feet away for visiting other areas of Venice but The Academia bridge was walkable leading to Plaza San Marco and you can walk to the Rialto, passing many shops and more restaurants on the way and we are in our late 60s. We have been to Venice several times and we liked this apartment and the location very much.
Very central convenient and quiet apartment
Best part was the location and the convenience and helpfulness of the greeter. All great. Apartment very quiet - and delightfully on a canal. Clean and had everything you would want. An odd layout - but it works -- very cool to be in such a historic building in such an amazing city. We were three people (20 something daughter) - she slept easily on the couch. Bedroom was comfortable. Slept well. Internet worked well - we were out a lot - only used the kitchen for coffee in the am. So not much else to add to this review. Would have preferred not to have to left cash for a security deposit (only place in Italy that required that). But at the end OK.Thank you for your review! So glad you enjoyed the apartment and Venice. Great that it was so quiet, clean and you enjoyed that canal-side location. The Italy Perfect Team
Perfect for our Honeymoon
This place is conveniently located near a vaporreto stop (water bus). Also very near to shops and dinning. The stay here was perfect, the place had handy books to help us communicate and lots of maps to guide us. Cute little balcony with view of the grand canal. We loved our stay here.
Bright, sunny in an amazing location
Overall, our experience here was lovely. This apartment was bright, sunny, located in an amazing location of Venice. The building was located on a beautiful quiet street along the canel and next to a terffic piazza. The dorsoduro area is the place to stay. If we had any suggestions to the owner, it would be step it up regarding the sleeping accomodations. The mattress on the pull out couch has seen much better days and even the bed in the 'master' bedroom too was pretty uncomfortable.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in this nice apartment in a great location. We are sorry about your experience with the mattresses. The mattress on the sofa bed has been used less than 6 times and, as with all sofa bed mattresses is thin enough to fold and stow, so best for children. The mattress in the bedroom is of good quality and, as is typical in Italy, is on a frame rather than a box spring, so we think the concern may be for large builds. The Italy Perfect Team.
Six days in Venice
Our 6 day stay at the Marino apartment was pleasant. The location is very convenient. We were only half a block from the Grand Canal and the #1 vaporetto; one block from Campo San Barnaba and Grom's gelato; shops were about 2 blocks away (food, produce, wine, bakery). The apartment has lots of space, good lighting, is well equipped, is comfortable for sitting, has a little balcony (up 4 steps) with a peek at the Grand Canal. It does have a weird configuration which took some time getting used to. The bathroom and living area are on one level while down 6 steps are the kitchen and bedroom. One certainly had to think ahead. One piece of advice is to keep the windows closed in the morning. The work barges use the side canal and churn things up which makes a nasty smell. By midday the smell is gone. One tip. If you are buying a Museum Pass, the Ca' Rezzonico is a good place to get it since it is next door and not crowded.
Thanks so much for your business and you rlocal tips. Good ideas. That issue with the barges churning up a smell is a new one to us, we haven't experienced it nor has the traffic been that great, maybe this is new route for them. Thanks again! 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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