Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5790: Palazzetto da Schio, Apartment
apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice
Feb. 10-17 2015, a week
I am almost reluctant to post a review about Palazetto da Schio in the Dorsoduro section of Venice for fear my praise of this lovely spot will mean there won’t be room when next I try to book into this “find!” There are four different and classically-furnished apartments to rent in this small palace on a quiet canal adjacent to the Zattere--if you know Venice at all--that has been in the da Schio family for many years. Two flats overlook the small canal behind the magnificent Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, and two face the back. ALL are wonderfully quiet at night, which was a blessing, given the uproar of the Carnival season near the Piazza S. Marco while we were visiting.
We had chosen Apartment #5 (only one flight up, which can be important if stairs are a problem; two of the flats require going up two sets of stairs), with a large master bedroom with a Queen-size bed, and a three-foot high platform above the living room featuring twin beds - sleeping four in total, although there were only two of us on this visit. Our bathroom had an old-fashioned “claw and ball” type tub with a hand shower; a lighted, magnified mirror over the sink; and lovely terrazzo tile on the floors throughout the flat. Our kitchen turned out to be a Godsend with its ample refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and the usual glassware, flatware, knives, dishes, appliances, etc., as this was a working trip and often we were too tired to go back out for an evening meal, so just scrambled some eggs and made toast a few of the eight nights we were in residence.
We were there in February with chilly evenings (often in the 30’s) and brisk days (no acqua alta this trip) and enjoyed being toasty warm, with plenty of duvets on the bed and sufficient heat. Our wonderful hostess cautioned us to turn off the lights and turn down the heat whenever we left our flat as utilities are charged at the end of one’s stay, depending on a very careful reading of the meters. In our case, we earned an “A+” and paid about $40 extra for the heat, light, and hot water we consumed during our week long stay.
There are so many things we loved about residing in a true “neighborhood,” but to name a few: a local mobile phone is assigned each flat so you can make local voice calls in or out of the apartment at a fraction of the cost than if you used your US phone. The flat had WiFi that worked well in the living room, which was vital for our purposes; and we were less than five minutes from the Salute vaporetto stop, a key factor if one wishes to see a lot of the city. (Be sure to buy a two or three-day or week-long Vaporetto pass and save lots of money!). One of the few supermarkets in Venice was a good 20 minute walk, but a rolling canvas shopping cart is provided with the apartment, as well as ample space in a cupboard to store one’s suitcases. Twice we summoned a water taxi (very expensive, by the way) and it pulled up at a designated stop a few feet from our front door! There were lots of lovely local trattorias in our neighborhood recommended by our hostess and one night, we literally stumbled over the bridge opposite us and into a small hotel for a plate of delicious pasta at the end of a hard, working day. The flat is also a stone’s throw from the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and an eight minute walk from the vast Academy Museum, Venice’s answer to the NY Met.
Thanks to the amazing kindness of our hostess, Anna da Schio, we quickly got into the rhythm of “being a Venetian” and felt this was the best experience out of four we’ve had while visiting La Serenissima. This is NOT a hotel … but if a fully equipped self-catering situation suits your needs, you could end up as pleased as we were. Palazzetto da Schio was a total pleasure and we wouldn’t hesitate to book in for our next visit to a city second only to our own: San Francisco, California … that is, if there’s “room at the inn!"
We walked everywhere: to the Peggy Guggenheim; the Accademia Museum; to restaurants; and to vaporetto stops that took us wherever we wished to go in Venice.
The building was historical on a quiet canal behind the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. The writer Ezra Pound had lived 40 feet away; It was peaceful and quiet, especially during Carnival which is noisy and crowded everywhere else.
There was a private garden with tables and chairs in the back.
The apartment was pristine and equipped with everything we needed, other than buying the self-catering usuals: toilet paper; dish soap; any food one wanted to cook.
The beds were very comfortable with nice duvets and there was plenty of heat in the frigid February time of year. The bathroom had an old fashioned tub and was a tight squeeze at time, but it was what one expect in a building that was centuries old. It had a lighted make up mirror. The hair dryer didn't have much strength, but everything else was more than adequate.
The kitchen was terrific and we used it quite a bit. It had the usual appliances (dishwasher, fridge, toaster, microwave, etc.) and was equipped with tableware, silverware, cooking implements, pots and pans, etc. Several nights we cooked in as we were pooped from (sometimes) 5-9 miles of walking a day.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised that a local mobile phone is provided with each apartment so one can make local calls at a fraction of the cost of a national cell phone. We were charged extra for the amount of heat and electricity we used -- but were kindly cautioned to remember to turn off the lights when we weren't in the apartment, and the bill came to about $40 for the week, which wasn't bad.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I arranged this directly with the owner, Contessa Anna da Schio (a friend of a friend). She spoke and wrote in excellent English and all the information was exactly as represented.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this to travels, like myself, who like a cozy place to stay in and do not require the amenities of a big hotel. I enjoy feeling as if I am living in a neighborhood and get the feeling of what it is like to be a "local" and the Palazzetto was perfect in that regard.
Things to do in this area
It's Venice! There are endless magnificent churches to visit; shops to see; museums to tramp through, walks to take, and cafes to sit in ... and of course, wonderful Venetian food!
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