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Review 5310: Owner, Casa Contarini


Review by Ruth in Red Deer from Canada

2bed/2bath apartment in Cannaregio (#803695), Venice

double bedroom, Casa Contarini, photo by


May 8 - 12, 2012, 4 nights


Adjacent to Madonna del Orto church in the Cannaregio district of Venice the apartment was located on a very quiet fondamenta, a lovely retreat from the insanity of San Marco!

Nearby Amenities

It was walking distance from several very nice restaurants with both indoor and canal-side seating. There were a couple of grocery stores nearby, but they were a little tricky to find - down small alleys and not much signage!

The House/Apartment

The apartment itself is on the ground floor of a three story building. It has a good sized living-dining room, small eating area in the well stocked kitchen, two nice bathrooms, and two very nice sized bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with two twins).


There is a lovely private garden off the living room. Both the kitchen window, and one window of the double bedroom look out on the garden. The church of Madonna del Orto overlooks the garden, and is quite spectacular at night. There is a table and chairs, as well as padded lounge chairs. We used the garden a few days, but the weather was not as cooperative as it might have been!

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

This apartment was spotlessly clean, and very well appointed. There is a sofa in the living room, but most of the space is taken up by a large dining table and chairs - great for conversation over a glass of wine.


The bedrooms were very nice, bright with lots of windows. Beds were very comfortable, and there were extra pillows and blankets available. One bathroom has a bathtub with hand held shower head, and the other has a glass shower stall. I didn't use the shower but understand it was a little tricky to operate. The only complaint about the bathrooms is that it would be nice to have a couple of hooks to hang wet towels. The second bathroom also has the washing machine, which was very handy.


We didn't cook any full meals in the kitchen but it seemed to be quite well equipped. The coffee maker is the standard Italian stove-top espresso pot. We mostly ate breakfast in the apartment, and had lunch and dinner out.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Dealing with the owner and the staff was very pleasant. Emails were answered promptly, and the onsite people we dealt with spoke very good English. We paid 920 for four nights in May, split between two couples, or about 115 per couple per night, which we felt for Venice was a very good price. This apartment was exactly as represented on the website.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would not think twice about recommending this apartment to others, and would certainly consider staying there again should I return to Venice.

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

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