View Gondolas and Domes from Altana
- Name: Serenata
- Sleeps: 2 + 1
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: €1650/week, 3 nights minimum
Best quality with stunning views.
A delightful, sun-filled rooftop apartment in the most desirable area of Venice. The interior is classy and the altana terrace, up a few steps from the living room, is glorious. From that perch take in the domes of San Marco, the rooftops of the city. If that weren`t enough, just below are two canals where gondolas glide to and fro. You won`t regret the hours you can spend just watching the pace of life on Venetian canals.
The Serenata apartment is steps from Piazza San Marco, Saint Marks Piazza, with the eponymous Basilica. The large piazza flows with life with locals meet and greet as well as with rivers of tourists. You can pause to enjoy classical music and a very special cup of coffee in one of the outdoor cafés. Wander along canal side streets, over a few bridges and there you are.
The location is so central, you can easily reach all the wonders of Venice, returning during the day to drop packages and rest your feet.
The building is on a quiet calle, a Venetian street. The main door is locked for security. The lobby is large and clean. At this level is a shared laundry room. Serenata is on the 5th Floor (American designation), 4th Italian and an elevator rises all the way.
Experience happy first impressions as you step into the large, light filled living room. Windows overlook canals. There is lots of room in the living room with a sofa bed for one person and love seat as well as some really pretty pieces of furniture. A statue of a moor shows the way to the steps to the deck. Fine design sense pulls all these interesting things together.
In the opposite direction is a large dining space next to the kitchen. The owner is an enthusiastic cook and has made sure that when she spends a weekend in Venice, everything she needs is present in the kitchen.
A short hallway leads to the bedroom with the ensuite bathroom on the immediate right. The bathroom has just been redone all in white tiled curves. A corner shower has glass doors.
The bedroom is not large but has a wall of closets so it is totally functional. A skylight and window brighten. Bed is 56 inches wide, 4 inches narrower than a North American Queen.
The bedroom and bathroom fit under eves, so have a slanted wall, but the eves aren`t so deep that you have to duck to move around.
Rare in Italy, this apartment has window screens!
Property and area amenities
|Sleeps||2 + 1|
|Bedrooms||Bed is 4 inches narrower and 1 inch longer than North American queen. Feather pillows|
|Bathrooms||1 with step in shower.|
|Floor||4th Italian, 5th North American|
|Mobility||Small but modern elevator from the ground level.|
|Size||Approx 800 sq ft.|
|Outlook||Altana terrace with view of St. Mark's domes as well as down to intersecting canals where gondolas come and go.|
|Dining||Table for four as well as on terrace.|
|Kitchen||Dishwasher, induction range, electric oven, toaster, refrigerator, drip and Italian coffee makers. No microwave.|
|Laundry||Shared laundry on ground floor of building. Iron & ironing board in apartment.|
|Air Conditioning||Yes, central.|
|Heating||Yes, central heat|
|Entertainment||CD Player, television Satellite reception for many channels, including English language news. Multi-standard DVD player, some DVDs are there in Italian.|
|Linens||One set per guest included.|
|Family||Yes, a small family! No children under the age of 6 years.|
|Screens||Unusual for Italy, this apartment has screens to help keep out mosquitoes.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Price in Euros
|3 or 4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights|
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi.
Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
No children under the age of 6 years.
No check-in after 8pm, sorry no exceptions.
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.
If you don`t pay for an early arrival (before 5pm) by reserving from the night before, and wish to get in before 5pm, then call your greeter from your point of arrival and if you can get in earlier, s/he will let you know if you can come ahead. It is not possible to drop luggage before your check in time.
- Absolutely delightful!
- This is the best way to enjoy Venice.
- Yes, do your sightseeing but you may enjoy dining on the terrace, gazing at the timeless domes of St. Mark`s and watching the gondolas glide to and fro below.
- Decorating is really interesting.
- If you like the appearance of this apartment and it is available, don`t hesitate!
- The intersection of canals below means there is boat traffic in the mornings.
- Bedroom ceiling is low.
Our Guest Reviews
Excellent location in the centre of San Marco. Too many other tourists but this apartment is a great way to get away from that if you want with a quiet roof terrace looking down on a busy bridge, canal junction and gondola stop. If you want to eat out best to go away from the main tourist area - a ten minute walk east will get you to much better restaurants - try Osteria a la Scuela - full of locals! Hotel Paganelli on the front by the man on a horse does great spaghetti carbonara perfect for brunch :) If you want to eat in, there's a supermarket nearby. For fast food there's a good pasta takeaway (Dal Moro) around the corner - a little further is a good 24hr pizza shop that's cheap (look on Spadaria).
The apartment has good air conditioning and mosquito nets on some windows but take mosquito repellent too. It's comfortable, looks good, is well equipped, has a lift, we loved it. Our greeter was brilliant - showed us where everything is and was very helpful. Take your time - we were there for nine days and still so much to come back for - do research before you visit!
[We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Something for everyone
This is a lovely apartment for one or two people. It is well maintained, quiet, bright, and airy, with a beautiful little altana (rooftop terrace) reached by a few steps. The location is ideal, whether you want to join the crowds around the Piazza San Marco or explore quiet streets. Be sure to visit the Piazza before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m., when you will have it mostly to yourselves. Also go to the quiet campo Santa Marina, a few minutes' walk from the apartment, for good Venetian-style dining at l'Osteria di Santa Marina and pastries and coffee at Didovich next door. Nearby you will find a Coop for food and supplies, and Al Portego, a bàcaro (bar with snacks) popular with locals and students. Paola is a perfect local contact, knowledgeable about all things Venetian, conscientious, and accessible. I highly recommend Italy Perfect--you really can't do better!
[Thank you for your great review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
A Very Happy Stay
The apartment was better than the photos; they were just an enticement, but then we were there -- very comfortable with all things provided and looking at the domes of San Marco from our balcony! The instructions from Italy Perfect were very helpful and the list of recommendations made us feel very welcome. Our stay was even more special and "perfect" thanks to Paola, our greeter. She was very gracious and caring, careful to explain everything about the apartment, and she kindly offered to be available at any time. We arrived in the evening and she had taken the trouble to get things for our breakfast. She showed us the nearest supermarket and helped us get oriented (so as not to get too lost)! And she gave us many tips that only those who live in Venice can give. On our second day, Venice had its worst flood in 40 years, and we would not have felt safe without Paola's help. There was also bad flooding the day we left, and she insisted on guiding us through wind and rain to the San Marco water bus stop.
Of course, we had lovely days as well. Venice is beautiful beyond belief. We would love to return and stay in Serenata again.
We will gladly recommend Italy Perfect to friends and family. Thank you!
[Thank you Alison and Bob, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Location, Location, Location
Excellent experience from start to finish. Professional team that helped us prepare for our trip, and coordinated on site person to meet us at the apartment for check-in. Apartment was clean and well-furnished and in a very convenient location for easy arrival and departure as well as great home base for exploring Venice. Walk to everything very easily St Marks square, grocery, water taxi and bus all are within easy walking distance.
[Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Serenata apartment in Venice
We had six enjoyable, comfortable nights in the Serenata apartment. Everything was as advertised or better. We greatly enjoyed the terrace/deck that gave us a wonderfully entertaining view of two busy canals below. The apartment is in a modern, clean building in a bustling neighborhood. There is easy access to a grocery store and many cafes and restaurants.
Despite its location near Piazza San Marco, the apartment is very quiet. We heard no noise once we closed the windows and the door to the deck.
We were greeted by Paola. She was most hospitable and welcoming and gave us a thorough tour through the apartment, explaining everything in detail. She then took us on a walk to the supermarket and pointed out shops and restaurants. We had called her the day before we arrived and she gave us clear and explicit instructions as to where to meet her. She was prompt and did not keep us waiting. We couldn't have had a more worry-free arrival and departure. There was no uncertainty; Paola was right there when she said she'd be.
Part of staying in Venice is the experience of wandering the streets and alleys and getting lost. That was mostly a pleasant experience, but we learned not to trust Google Maps to get us to our destination. It's a good idea to have a paper map to compare with what's on your phone.
We would wholeheartedly recommend this apartment, and we are grateful to Paola for her gracious welcome and her thorough explanations of the apartment and the neighborhood.
[Thank you so much Bill and Linda, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
I highly recommend this apartment when in Venice! Great location, close to everything but quiet at night! The apartment is very well appointed and is perfect for one or two people. The outside space is magical overlooking the canals below. The Greeter, Paola, was so charming and helpful! We instantly liked her and her recommendations for dinner were superb! If you are a foodie, don't miss going to Ai Mercanti. It's a little tricky to find but it is so delicious and the service was terrific! Overall the communications with Italy Perfect was great. The information they provided was very helpful. Will definitely use Italy Perfect and book this apartment next time!
[Thank you Alfred, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
We enjoyed our stay in Venice largely because of the excellent location of the apartment and the gracious assistance from our host. We highly recommend this apartment to anyone who wants a central location in Venice, with local knowledge and insights from the host who went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable.
[Thank you Julia, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Serenata and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
The Sereneta is a charming apt, with all the modern conveniences but still with venitian decor and views. The rooftop terrace is wonderful, a lovely place for a morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine. Even the garbage barge or dhl delivery boat are quaint, illustrating how venitians cope with modern day life. The location was good, not far from the grand canal and st marks but away from the noise. Grocery stores, cheese shops and places to buy wine were nearby. We went to several cities in Italy, and Venice was the highlight of our stay. Perhaps Italy Perfect could reserve a water taxi in advance, making getting to the apt easier w/luggage or have the greeter meet guests at the train station. Perhaps the greeter should call the guests to confirm the arrival time, introduce herself, take a little bit of the travel burden off the traveler. But I would recommend Italy Perfect based on the accommodations we rented in Rome and Venice. Apartments just give you a little more room than a hotel suite. Ciao from Italy.
[We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at the Serenata apartment. Thank you for the suggestion to have us arrange water taxis & meet guests at the train station. We used to offer the service of reserving a water taxi for this apartment but never got any takers; we thought it was because of the additional reservation fee. We do include arrangement of water taxi service for our luxury Venice apartments and could consider adding that service to the more affordable apartments. The greeter doesn’t wait at the station or airport for guests because of travel delays that frequently occur, which is why the guests call the greeter with arrival updates as we indicated to you, however that is another paid service we could add. The ItalyPerfect Team]
Serenaded at Serenata
We returned to Serenata this year and were, once again, delighted by our accommodations. There were three of us and we had quite enough room. The apartment was well appointed, spacious and very clean. The views are truly incredible. We were treated to passing gondolieri who had a variety of guests from a soprano singer with a lovely voice to a tenor accompanied by an accordion player. Our greeter, Paola, was a wealth of information and walked me to her favourite prosciutto/cheese shop – fantastico!
Wonderful shops, fabulous restaurants, grocery store and many of the exquisite sites Venice has to offer are all within a few minutes walking distance. Thank you to Pat and all at Italy Perfect for making our stay in Venezia more memorable than the last.
Terry, Laurie and Paula
[Thank you so much Terry, Laurie and Paula, we are delighted you once again enjoyed staying at the Serenata and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
We were greeted by the lovely Paola who showed us everything we needed to know about the apartment and went as far as to take us to a gourmet grocery store I had heard about. The apartment and the location are absolutely fabulous! Just minutes to Piazza San Marco, the vaporetto, Rialto, food and wine. You can happily spend too much time watching the gondolas from the deck. So glad to have found it! Would go back in a heartbeat.
“We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us, We welcome you both back anytime! Thank you for staying with Italy Perfect, From your team at Italy Perfect!"
Map and Location
|Saint Mark's Piazza - 2 minute walk|
|Rialto Bridge - 7 minute walk|