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Review 1675: Visit Venice, Casa Tre Archi
2bed/1bath apartment in Cannaregio, Venice
June 11-18, 2005, 1 week
The apartment is in an ideal location - well off of the path of the tourist hoards and within a real Venetian neighborhood, but still within a reasonable walk of any of Venice's spectacular sights. And if you're not in the mood to walk, there's always the vaporetto that travels the Cannaregio canal and can get you anywhere in Venice and beyond (Tre Archi stop on lines 51 and 52).
The apartment is situated on the second floor of a building that fronts on the Cannaregio canal, and has great views from the living room of the colorful traffic along the canal. The neighborhood has a nice local flavor and several good restaurants with seating along the canal. The Santa Lucia train station and the Scalzi bridge (which crosses the Grand Canal) are a ten minute walk away.
Virtually everything you might need is a short walk away. A small but well-stocked grocery is situated a short distance up along the Cannaregio canal. You can even fill your water bottles with the local vino for less than 2 euros a liter at a nearby local storefront. There is a good bakery in the Ghetto for morning pastries. There is a fish market near the Guglie bridge that is open from Tuesday to Saturday, and a fruit market a short ways further up on the Rio Tera. Restaurants and cafes abound along the Cannaregio canal. A can't miss is da Marisa, which is just a few steps from the apartment. Be sure to make reservations, and come prepared to eat what Marisa has imagined for the meal.
The apartment is wonderfully equipped, and is phenomenally well organized. The owners have thought of every possible eventuality, and some that you would never think of! The décor is simple but clean. The layout of the apartment works well, with two air-conditioned bedrooms towards the back of the building, a centrally located kitchen and bath, and a sitting room/dining room with extra bed in the front overlooking the Cannaregio canal.
Although the kitchen is small, it is remarkably outfitted and ordered. The bathroom is palatial by Venetian and Italian standards, with a full shower and bathtub, bidet and washing machine. The hot water is on demand, and even after 5 showers there was plenty to spare! Another notable amenity was the presence of pull-down screens on the front windows, keeping the apartment mosquito free while still open air.
Perhaps most helpful however was the attention to detail provided by the owners. Along with detailed instructions and recommendations to make one's stay as pleasant as possible, there is also an impressive selection of guide and historical books on Venice and the Veneto.
The apartment is modestly but nicely appointed. The furniture is simple and utilitarian, giving the apartment an open and bright feeling. Everything is very clean and well kept. The major living area has several comfortable sofas and a large round table for meals. The bookshelves contain a number of travel guides, as well as a small but good selection of fiction for that inevitable rainy day.
The two rear bedrooms are simply furnished, quiet, clean and air-conditioned! The beds are very comfortable and the linens clean and fresh. The bathroom is large and well lit, with a spacious shower, bidet and washing machine. Although the water pressure was a bit low, it was offset by a wealth of hot water. There's a sofa bed in the front room, but be prepared to be awakened early by traffic along the canal.
Small, modern and functional, the kitchen has a remarkable array of utensils and cooking appliances. The word of the day here is organization! Each of the cutting boards is labeled for the item to be cut (e.g., meat, veggies, bread, etc.). The kitchen even has a dishwasher and a small table. The only drawback to the space is that it is narrow and in the middle of the traffic flow between the bedrooms/bathroom and the living/dining room.
Problems or Bonuses
The major bonus is the thought that the owners have put into any conceivable issue that might challenge the guests. The instructions are meticulous and well written. Even prior to arrival, the materials that are sent provide the guest with a good overview of the apartment and detailed instructions for getting to the apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All done through the website. The price is very reasonable for a Venetian rental.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This place is a gem. We were delighted with every aspect of the apartment and the attention provided by the owners. The location is great, and the price can't be beat. In short, Casa Tre Archi is an exceptional value and we recommend it with great enthusiasm!
Things to do in this area
All of Venice (and the islands of the lagoon) is at your fingertips - so explore!
For an exceptional meal, visit da Marisa (a few feet away) and L'Anice Stellato (a ten minute walk). For pizza, visit the pizzeria near the foot of the Guglie bridge. The food is very good and the staff are exceptionally friendly (particularly to teenage girls!).
For culture and history, tour through the Ghetto and visit the Madonna del Orto church.
For the foodies among you, trundle over to the Rialto Pescheria (fish market) and buy things strange and exotic, then bring them back to the apartment and figure out how to prepare them (a glass or two of the local vino refusco helps with the imagination here)!
Our favorite evening stroll was to walk over to Campo Santa Margherita (in the Dorsoduro, about 25 minutes) to take in the nightlife and sample the gelato at Il Doge.
And don't forget to get lost at night - no trip to Venice can be complete without the profound sense of befuddlement, and the eerie and romantic feel of the Venetian alleys at night.
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