Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2937: Palazzetto da Schio, Apartment
apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice
June 2007, one month
Located in what I consider the very best of Venice's sestiere - Dorsoduro - the wonderful Palazzetto da Schio is on a tiny canal with the Canal della Giudeca at one end of the street and the Grand Canal at the other. It's convenient to two vaporetto stops - Salute and Accademia.
The Palazzetto da Schio is around the corner from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and close to every necessity, especially if you're foodies like we are - bread, cheese, pasta, wine, fresh vegetables and of course, cappuccino! The large supermarket, Billa, is a lovely walk away down the Zattere. And a great variety of restaurants are within a short walking distance.
The building dates back several centuries, was - and still is - the Venice family home of the Contessa, Anna, a lovely and charming woman who made us feel completely at home in apartment #4 (2bed/2bath) on the mezzanine floor. There are three other apartments in the building which retains its historic look and has been updated to include modern amenities. Every piece of artwork, furniture, and accessory tells a story. And it's as comfortable as home.
There's a beautiful garden in the back which is shared by all the apartments. We made great use of it - cooking fresh-from-the-market ingredients at least five or six nights of our stay and dining al fresco - perfect! And the Contessa was nice enough to allow us to cut a few flowers - gardenias, mostly - to enhance the table and fresh basil to enhance our pasta!
The furnishings are all in fine shape, everything was comfortable, we had many breakfasts in the apartment, even set up a little office so we could all keep in touch with home via e-mail.
The bedrooms are very lovely, large and the beds are very comfortable. Each of the two bedrooms has its own bathroom, loads of larger-than-regular-European towels, larger-than-regular-European showers and tub, as comfortable as home.
The kitchen was the most pleasant surprise for me. Four of the five of us that rotated through during the month are excellent home cooks and the kitchen was as well-equipped as some of our own kitchens making it a complete pleasure to prepare meals at home.
Problems or Bonuses
We were particularly thrilled with the large size of the apartment, how well-equipped it was in every way - including a little library of books, satellite TV, CDs and player, plenty of table linen and napkins, which made our dinners in the garden even more enjoyable and more special.
For those who long for their pets when they vacation, Webby (the Contessa's small and extremely friendly dog) definitely fills that need. I'm not particularly a dog-lover but I came quickly to adore little Webby.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The Contessa da Schio was raised by an English nanny and so speaks impeccable English (better than any of ours!) and was extremely helpful with all our inquiries. Our apartment was even better than we thought it would be from the description and photos on the website.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We can't wait to return and highly recommend Palazzetto da Schio.
Things to do in this area
We recommend exploring the neighborhood and discovering your own favorites. Plus, we never give away the secrets we find!
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