I thought I would start my series of blog entries on my October trip to Venice by writing a review about my vacation rental.
The Trapolin apartment is tucked away in a corte in Cannaregio, near Campo S. Marziale and just a short walk on Fondamenta Trapolin in a very quiet neighborhood. Located in a purely residential area and away from the hustle and bustle of the heavily touristy areas, the neighborhood reflects a very characteristic Italian atmosphere.
The flat is easily reachable by foot, about a 15 minute walk from the railway station or a 5 minute walk from the Ca' d'Oro vaporetto stop. The shops, bars and restaurants in Strada Nuova are within a few minutes walk.
The small and quaint apartment is on a raised ground floor with a single step leading into the living area. The living/dining/kitchen area is all one room with simple but efficient furnishings, satellite TV, radio and phone. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking full meals. The bedroom, with a double bed or two twin beds if separated, is small but comfortable with adequate storage space for clothes. A third person can sleep on the sofa bed although Anne found it to be a bit uncomfortable until she placed a duvet to add some cushioness (is this a word I just invented?) to the slim mattress. The bathroom was very functional and equipped with a washing machine, which came in very handy with my packing light. There's a clothesline in the back of the apartment, in what looked like a closed-in patio. Plenty of linens and blankets are stored throughout the apartment.
The apartment had an interesting collection of books and travel guides and a few fact sheets in different languages with tips on transportation, location of grocery stores, internet cafes, where to eat, etc.
Trapolin is a private rental through the owner, Marta, a lovely Venetian architect. Marta spoke excellent English and replied to all my e-mails promptly even though she was at the time vacationing in Japan. She provided me with excellent directions and met me at the apartment on an early Sunday morning. Even though she had written instructions for almost every appliance in the apartment, she took the time to explain each one of them.
I didn't take any photos of the interior of the apartment but the flat’s website has a few good shots. However, I did take pictures of the surrounding area.
Campo San Marziale.
Corte Trapolin is at the end of Fondamenta Trapolin.
I took this photo looking back at the fondamenta from the courtyard, while waiting for Anne.
Corte Trapolin, with a vera da pozo used as a huge flower pot. The entrance to the apartment is on the left.
The lovely facade with trailing plants and a sweet capitello of Madonna with child.
A view from the courtyard to Rio della Misericordia.
Looking from Fondamenta della Misericordia, across the canal.