Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5549: Palazzetto da Schio, Apartment 2
apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice
April 8-12, 2013, Five nights
The Palazzetto da Schio is located on the Fondamenta Soranzo Walk on the very quiet Rio de la Fornace canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, approximately a five minute stroll from the Santa Maria della Salute and the Salute vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal. The Palazzetto is a private home with a marvelous family history. We stayed in Apartment 2, overlooking the garden. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
There is a Bila grocery (super)market down the Zattere, approximately 15 minutes (by my pace). The apartment is equipped with a rolling European-style shopping tote. There are a number of other small shops, restaurants, and coffee bars back toward the Accademia Museum and bridge, as well as a bank with an ATM on the corner across from the Accademia Museum. Everything is walkable - or floatable - within minutes. There are vaporetto stops at Accademia, Salute, and at Gesuati (on the Zattere), as well as farther along the Zattere. Also, the local traghetto stop (gondola ferry) is just a few minutes walk from the Palazzetto, which makes trips across to the San Marco area quick and easy.
As a guide to local amenities, you should not overlook the Contessa, who is a fountain of information about the area and very willing to share her knowledge.
The Palazzetto has been in the da Schio family for a very long time. It is a true Venetian experience, from location, to architecture, to furnishings. The website for the Palazzetto does a good job of showing the apartments, and the Contessa responds to questions quickly. (Her English is perfect.)
Apartment 2 is very peaceful, with great afternoon sunlight, lovely furniture, and a terrific, large kitchen, equipped with just about anything you might need. The location just cannot be beat. You are in a very quiet part of Venice, minutes from vaporetto stops on both the Grand Canal and the Zattere, the traghetto stop on the Grand Canal, and with marvelous walks, through the streets and squares, or along the Zattere. The sunset strolls along the Zattere are a memory for a lifetime.
There is a garden, and it is shared among the guests of the Palazzetto.
The apartment is furnished with good-quality antiques, in very good shape, and very comfortable. The apartment is very clean and offers more than enough chairs and couches to sit and relax.
The bed was first rate (I have a history of lower back pain, but slept well). The bathroom was clean and fresh. It has a tub with a shower. The bathroom provided all the working functionality we required, including a hair dryer.
The kitchen is large (it's the original kitchen space for the household) and well-equipped. The refrigerator is large by European standards. There is a full range of dishes, tableware, pots and pans, and electric appliances. You could easily settle and cook every night, if you chose.
Also, there is a European-style clothes washing machine, and a folding drying rack.
Problems or Bonuses
Nothing bad to report. Bonuses: The charming Contessa Anna and her lovely dog, Webbie.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
For reservation/stay questions, we dealt directly with the Contessa Anna by email. As I said earlier, she responds quickly and accurately, in excellent English. She met us at her door when we arrived and personally ushered us up to the apartment, carrying some of our belongings in spite of an injury to her arm. I don't think you can ask for a more complete and personal hosting experience.
The reality of the place: The Palazzetto more than exceeded what we knew of it from the web site, which does a reasonably good job of capturing the fact that it is a historical Venetian home. If you are the type of traveler who wants to merge into the daily life of a culture and a city like Venice, the Palazzetto da Schio will satisfy you much more than any ordinary hotel experience.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
After reading the other reviews of the Palazzetto da Schio and the Contessa Anna, I have to admit being stumped for anything more I can add. As others have noted the Contessa Anna da Schio makes everything easy - from an extremely thorough website (that includes a very detailed description of how to arrive at her front door), quick responses to e-mail questions, to settling us into the apartment herself. She is a true jewel, and staying in her home in perhaps the loveliest part of Venice was a very, very special experience.
My wife and I would happily stay with the Contessa again.
As I said earlier, it is a true Venetian experience and must be taken in that spirit. Highly recommended!
Things to do in this area
Things to do: stroll, sit, watch, listen, absorb, eat, and drink. Late afternoons, there are any number of spots along the Zattere, depending on whether you want food, drinks, gelato, or just a bench with a great view. La Piscina at La Calcina is a very good place for lunch and dinner with a great view. Farther down the Zattere, Al Casin dei Nobili for food and drink. For gelato, Gelateria Nico. On the Rio San Trovaso, around the corner from the Gelateria Nico, a wine bar, a gondola workshop, and, farther along, the Cantinone giÓ Schiavi, at the Ponte San Trovaso, for cicchetti and wine.
Farther afield, in the Campo Santa Margherita, Al Bacon di Vino, which, for my money, is the best cicchetti bar in Venice, for its food, drink, and casual atmosphere.
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