Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1674: Venice Rentals, San Toma
3bed/2bath apartment in San Toma, Venice
2005, 15 days
Our apartment was in the heart of Venice, in the wonderful San Toma district. It was centrally located, yet away from the busy tourist attractions and crowded thorofares. We were only about a 10-minute walk from the busy and crowded (during the peak of the tourist season) Rialto Bridge and maybe 20 minutes from San Marco Square, yet we were on a quiet and elegant tiny residential plaza, immediately next to a quiet canal.
A small cafe is about 50 feet from the front door -- great for cappuccinos and an evening glass of prosecco! A small grocery store was about 10 minutes away. Better yet, the famous centuries-old Rialto produce market and fish market were only a 10-minute walk away; with fabulous little delis and bakeries along the way. Numerous wonderful restaurants were just as close -- we tried many of them! [Read Denise's review -- where to go and what to avoid -- on SlowTravel; and heed her expert advice!]. Venice Travel Notes
Our apartment was in a wonderful, well-kept, centuries-old building -- as are most of the buildings in Venice -- in a very quiet neighborhood. It very large -- by Venetian standards -- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one had a very small shower), large living room, and small but fully equipped galley kitchen. We had a washing machine (and lines out over the alley for a dryer -- like all Venetians!). It was PERFECT for us -- 2 couples and a teenager. We were there for a relatively long visit -- 15 days -- and were endlessly appreciative of this beautiful, large, comfortable, well-equipped apartment in its fabulous location.
This well-furnished apartment had plenty of furniture for the 5 of us; it was extremely convenient, spacious, comfortable, and immaculate.
The beds were comfortable and the bedrooms nice, large, with plenty of storage. We definitely needed the 2 bathrooms for the 5 of us. They were clean and comfortable, though one of the showers is tiny.
The galley-style kitchen was very usable, though the usual tiny (by American standards) Venetian size (hard for 2 people to pass each other). It was well-equipped with good-quality appliances, cookware, and dishes. One person could easily utilize the space for cooking full meals, but it would be difficult for 2 cooks.
Problems or Bonuses
NO problems or bad surprises whatsoever! Only our continual gratification for this wonderful apartment in a fabulous location!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Venice Rentals provided exceptional personal service. All 3 contacts spoke English (2 are Americans), and the "reality" definitely reflected their website description. They are extremely knowledgeable about Venice -- since they live there! I had a million questions beforehand -- never having booked private accommodations over a website -- which Denise always graciously and promptly answered. Payment was easy and worry-free: Denise quickly acknowledged receipt, provided the current exchange rate, etc. This apartment was on the higher end of cost because of its size, but we needed the space for the 5 of us.
Julie met us at the boat stop and escorted us to the apartment. She was very personable, thorough, and accurate regarding her descriptions of how to manage all the Italian-style (odd, to us!) mechanisms and equipment of the apartment. Venice Rentals was always very accommodating, conscientious about not infringing on our precious vacation hours; including arranging our water taxi pick-up when we [sadly] left.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I ABSOLUTELY recommend Venice Rentals and this particular apartment to ANYONE! (Though people needing handicap accessibility will need to look into other options -- it has stairs, no elevator, as with many Venice buildings). I plan on staying there again, myself, if we need the size on our next visit (this apartment is oversize if you only need 2 bedrooms; they have other smaller apartments that have lower costs).
Things to do in this area
We loved WALKING WALKING WALKING; and visiting the churches, scuolos, SHOPS!, museums, vaporato/trajetto rides, SHOPS!, Murano (ordered 2 chandeliers!), Torcello, Burano. Had wonderful meals at different restaurants every day: read the reviews, read the menus posted outside, check out the ambiance, avoid touristy-looking places on main thorofares, seek out out-of-the-way little places. This is most definitely a city for walkers -- we put on MILES and my legs ached every day ... but I lost 5 pounds despite all that fabulous Italian food and wine!
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