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Review 3347: Belvedere Italia, Accademia House


Review by maryk from Australia who is a SlowTrav Contributor

3bed/2bath apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice


Nov 2007-January 2008, 3 months


We rented this apartment for three months (November, December and January 2007-08). It’s owned by a professor who lectures in both Rome and Venice. He’s based in Rome so this is his second home.

We rented it through Bernard at Belvedere Italia, who was excellent to deal with and, as it was a long rental, happy to negotiate on price and inclusions like gas and electricity.

On arrival we were met by Bernard’s Venice contact – Caterina – who settled us in and explained everything. She was also exceptionally helpful if we had any queries.

The apartment is located on Rio San Trovaso next door to the Hotel Accademia Villa Margarve in Dorsoduro. The apartment is on the second and third floors (there’s a lift) and also has an altana.

Being a second home and regularly lived in by the owner it’s a very comfortable and well set up apartment with lots of equipment and ‘home comforts’ including the owners very impressive and interesting collection of art and glass and extensive collection of books.

There’s a large entry hall opening to a very large living/dining room. Two sofas (one large and one small), two arm chairs, a desk, dining table with seating for six, TV (Italian channels only), and video make up this area, which then flows through to another sitting area which also holds a queen sized bed. This second area can be closed off by curtains from the main living room if you’re using this bed.

Seven big windows in these two rooms provide spectacular views along the canal and one (behind the desk) gives a view of a slice of the Grand Canal.

Next door is the kitchen. Lots of bench space, a four-burner gas stove, electric oven, double sink, table and chairs as well as fridge/freezer, dishwasher and loads of cupboards. There are enough (good quality) plates, glasses and cutlery as well as pots and pans to entertain 12. The only area where things were lacking was with the cooking knifes.

Also on this floor is the main bedroom with queen sized bed (very hard). A full wall of wardrobes and drawers as well as a chest of drawers provides more than enough storage. Adjoining this is a bathroom complete with large spa bath (shower over). We didn’t use the spa, so I can’t report – but as the water pressure was so low I think it would take some considerable time to fill!

Upstairs is reached via a timber spiral staircase. The rooms up here are very small. There are two single bedrooms, plus another single bed on the landing as well as a bathroom with a small shower and the washing machine.

From here a short flight of stairs leads out onto a large altana with glorious views right across Venice! The perfect spot for a spritz at dusk.

The apartment has very efficient hot water and heating and there’s a large air-conditioning unit in the living room and another in the main bedroom (although being winter we didn’t use it).

The rental price included all utilities as well as a cleaner once a week – the amazing Valentina - who came every Friday and cleaned as well as changed the sheets and towels.

This was an exceptionally generous and comfortable apartment in a gorgeous location. It was perfect for us as we were going to be there for a long time and we wanted somewhere large and ‘homey.’ We also had visitors coming and going throughout the time, so having a selection of beds was necessary.

My only negative comments are that the water pressure was very low (seems be a common complaint in Venice), the beds were very hard and that some of the furnishings and decor are a bit shabby.

You can view the property directly: Accademia House.

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