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Review 5724: Owner, Apartment in Cannaregio
1bed/1bath apartment in Cannaregio, Venice
April - May 2014, 3 weeks
This apartment is in Cannaregio, in an apartment building a few buildings past Vini da Gigio, for those of you who know Venice. It overlooks the large Rio di Noale and the smaller Rio Trapolin; entry into the building is off the Fondamenta San Felice.
The Billa in Cannaregio is about a five-minute walk, and the places for coffee are too numerous to count. Vini da Gigio is two minutes away, and La Cantina and Ai Osti and Ca’ d’Oro aka La Vedova, four to five minutes away.
The apartment building is in good shape and has seven or eight apartments, most of them belonging to members of the same family. The apartment itself, on the second floor (European-style) (41 steps up), is peaceful and quiet, since it overlooks the canals rather than a street -- it's hard to believe that Strada Nova is nearby. The only exception is the emergency water ambulances using the Rio di Noale. The guestroom/study is to the left off the entrance hall. Then after three steps down, the master bedroom is also on the left, and the bathroom is across the hall. The combination living/dining room is at the end of the apartment, and the kitchen and small terrace off the dining area.
You can view the property directly: Cannaregio Apartment.
There is a small terrace overlooking the courtyard of the apartment building, with a very small table and two seats.
The furniture is in good shape and the apartment sparkling clean. It's kept that way by Signora Laura, who comes in once a week to clean. There are a comfortable sofa and two chairs in the living area, and four chairs around the dining table. There is a hideaway bed in the second bedroom/study, which we didn't unfold, but a reference to whom I wrote said it was very comfortable.
Both bedrooms are large and light -- each has two large windows. The master has a large built-in closet with plenty of hangers and a dresser, and the study has a TV and a desk we used for the computer. The only problem for those used to a soft bed is that the bed in the master bedroom is fairly hard. The bathroom is modern, with a designer basin and a walk-in shower with adequate water pressure. Both the bed linens and the towels are by Frette, an unexpected surprise.
The kitchen is very usable, with a four-burner gas stove, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator, combo oven/microwave, and plenty of good quality pots and pans. It's an easy kitchen to cook in, very efficient and compact without feeling crowded.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprises were all good! The lightness and luminosity and spaciousness of the apartment are probably the most obvious attributes, and the combination of the traditional (like the Venetian flooring and the furniture) and the modern (the kitchen and bathroom) is striking. There is an excellent library, and a terrific music collection with a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Add small touches like the Frette linens, and you know you're staying in someone's home.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We could not have been treated better by Helen and Marco, who own the apartment and use it as their home from May through October, so that the apartment is available for rent November through April. Helen is originally from New Zealand and Marco's English is impeccable too, so communication was not a problem -- in fact, the speed with which they answered emails was amazing. The reality of the apartment far surpasses the photos on the web site.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
No question that we would love to return to this apartment and would recommend it to our mobile friends (there are 41 steps). The location is wonderful, the views over the two canals mesmerizing, the feeling of peace and serenity and good taste apparent everywhere. It's that rare and perfect rental -- a place which feels like a well-loved home, without all the personal clutter like family photos that can intrude too much.
Things to do in this area
We had already spent eight weeks in Venice, so this was a time for exploring nooks and crannies that we had missed in the past. It was our first time in Cannaregio, and we returned to some of our favorite restaurants there: Vini da Gigio, Alla Frasca, L'Anice Stellato, La Cantina, da Alberto, Ai Promessi Sposi,. We got a Chorus Pass again and also returned to some of our favorite museums. All in all, a glorious three weeks in a wonderful apartment!
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