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Review 2718: Venice Rentals, Palazzo Fontana


Review by Steve from MO

4bed/3bath apartment in Cannaregio, Venice


February 2007, 6 days (February 1-6, 2007)


After the great rental we had with our friends in October 2006 through Venice Rentals (San Angelo) we contacted Denise about renting something larger for a family get-together planned for February 2007. Our family decided to meet for a week in Venice. As always, she responded right away and helped us find a perfect solution. We needed four bedrooms and while this palace apartment seemed like a splurge at first, we are so happy we went with it because it was perfect for our group. We could not have asked for a better experience and this great accommodation definitely made our trip special.

This is a gorgeous and historical apartment and it was fun to feel like we were stepping back in time and living like Venetians. We loved the stunning Venetian chandeliers and frescoes. The key thing for us with this apartment is that we could all be together yet have enough space to spread out when needed. The sitting areas were pleasant and comfortable and the three bathrooms suited our family's needs. There was plenty of hot water and good water pressure and all the showers either had a door or a shower curtain. We also wanted a place where we could cook some meals and eat together and the dining room allowed us to do this. There were plenty of dishes, silverware and glasses for all of us, without having to constantly wash-up right away (like in time for the next course!) The kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed. Plus everything was clean and in good shape. The dishwasher made cleaning up easy.

We had a fun dilemma while we were in Venice to eat out in some of the neighborhood restaurants or enjoy the luxury of cooking at home and enjoying our temporary home! We made a compromise and had one meal out and the other at home each day. We loved Vini da Gigio, Fontego al Pescatore (from reviews on SlowTrav!) as well as all of the little bars that lined the strada Nova.

When we arrived a representative from Venice Rentals met us at the boat stop, showed us around the apartment and then took us outside and showed us where the Billa grocery store was located nearby. We used the grocery store to buy basic supplies (and relied on the Slow Trav notes about Italian grocery stores!) We were very happy to find nearby a neighborhood full of little stores and one of the best fruit stands we had ever seen. We stumbled upon this area walking from Campo San Apostoli to the Fondamenta Nuova (about five minutes from the apartment itself.) Just beyond the movie theater was a special food store (the cheeses!), wine store, fruit stand, bakery and pastry shop. We got such a feel for how locals live and by our third daily visit to the fruit market the nice girl knew which fruit we would be selecting. Lots of laughs and hand gestures, everyone was very friendly and patient.

We loved being in the Cannaregio zone this time, so close to the vaporetto stop and the traghetto. The location was central to everything. The view from our little balcony was breathtaking and we passed many hours gazing out onto the Grand Canal.

We were very spoiled to have a washer and dryer in the apartment and both worked well. Knowing that we could easily wash and dry our clothes meant that we could each try to only bring a carry-on for the trip.

We all decided that we are going to try to make this an annual or biannual family trip. Venice was so special as seen from a Grand Canal palace. We would not hesitate to stay here again, it was perfect for our needs and and a special way to spend a week together.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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