Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5036: Corte Tiepolo, Valier
apartments in San Polo, Venice
June 13-16 2011, 3 days
This apartment was located in the charming San Polo neighborhood. The apartment is part of a larger complex with a palazzo and several other buildings gathered around a courtyard and garden. To get to the apartment you have to find a very narrow alley and have access through a locked gate. It has a very intimate, secret garden feel to it and is very quiet.
The area is perfect for visiting Venice.
Shopping -- There are several lovely shops within one to three minutes walking that sell personal, special gifts as well as more touristy shops five to six minutes away.
Food -- Bar Al Nomboli is on the corner and perfect for that morning cup of coffee and simple pastry. Don't miss their small sandwiches. Our favorite was the melon, cream cheese and prosciutto sandwich. Tonolo bakery is a five-minute walk away and serves the best pastries in Venice. The Rialto Markets are a 15 minute walk and on the way there you pass a small grocery store.
Attractions -- Casa Goldoni is one minute away. The Al Frari Church is three minutes away. Both the Accademia and Rialto Bridges are 15 minutes away.
Transportation -- the San Toma vaporetto stop is very close, maybe four minutes walking at the most and is serviced by both the number 1(slow) and number 2(fast) boats. Also nearby is the San Toma traghetto stop if you want to cross the Grand Canal without using a bridge.
The actual building is separate from the palazzo and in good condition. There are two doors (one large wooden door and an inner more decorative door) with two separate keys so the security was good in addition to being in a gated complex.
The bedroom is an open loft up a flight of sturdy stairs. Below in the open area is the living room as well as the dining table. On either side of the living room was the kitchen and the bathroom. There are two large skylights that let in natural light all day. We only had to use the lights at night.
There is a lovely outdoor seating area right outside the front door that is covered so you can sit there in all weather.
Since the palazzo is on the Grand Canal you can also sit out on their boat launch. We never had the chance to because our time was so short, but saw several people enjoying the experience.
The furniture was very tasteful, clean and comfortable. The living room couch and chair were especially comfortable after a long day walking in Venice. There was also a coat hanger, a writing desk and chair, a TV with cable and a CD stereo system with 15-20 CDs.
The double bed was actually two twin beds put together, but it worked perfectly for us. There was a wall of cupboards for storing clothes, two nightstands with reading lights and a dresser with mirror.
The bathroom was very well-appointed and had the extra bonus of having rolling storage shelves -- perfect for longer stays.
The kitchen was small but worked well for our stay. There is no oven, but two burners and a microwave along with a small refrigerator.
There were loads of pots and pans for different cooking styles, some essentials like salt and olive oil as well as dishes, silverware and cups. There was a shocking lack of wine glasses (only one) but that may have been because they had been broken and not yet replaced.
Problems or Bonuses
There was a stack of books left by previous guests. The much-needed air conditioning (more for the humidity than the heat) worked extremely well and we could usually turn it off after a little while since it cooled the space well.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Because the owner is a busy business woman, it can take a while to get a hold of her for specifics ... be persistent. It is worth it. You may also work with her son who is more readily available. We later met the owner and she was very kind and enthusiastic. She's not ignoring you, she's just very busy.
The price was €110 a night, a steal for such a lovely place in a perfect location.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would gladly recommend this apartment to anyone who wants to spend a relaxing and intimate stay in Venice. It is perfect for both couples as well as friends or family (the separate beds can be pushed apart easily).
Things to do in this area
See Nearby Amenities for recommendations.
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