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Review 682: Palazzetto da Schio, Apartment


Review by daka from US who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments in Dorsoduro, Venice


September 2003, 1 week


We rented this apartment directly from Contessa Anna Di Schio over the internet and guided only by the pictures, a review that I had read and in conversing over the internet with the Contessa.

This is the apartment TOP FLOOR OVER THE GARDEN. There are 3 other apartments for rent. These have a separate entrance and are on the 1st floor, the Contessa also rents her apartment when she is on vacation.

The building is in Dorsoduro, almost at the tip, near the Salute. It is in a quiet area and since it faces the rear the view is over the roofs of the nearby buildings. The front of the building is on the canal called Fornace (not a busy one) and you can arrive by water taxi right to the front of the building. The Contessa is a very warm and helpful host, and speaks English; her family have owned and lived in this building for 300 (?) years!

The apartment is not for the "faint of heart" as it is up 2 flights of stairs, only a problem if you have a "lot of luggage" (see my note about Volare.web)

We enjoyed the apartment immensely, the rooms are very large and nicely equipped, it's kinda' like your grandmothers apartment furniture (nice antique, Priscilla calls it "shabby, chic"). Don't get me wrong this is not to say that there is a problem, I just like modern "stuff".

As you enter the apartment, there is a big living room with a couch, a "comfy" chair, a writing table and chair, and 2 windows opening over the garden. The bedroom is to the left, a big bed, 2 dressers and chairs, 2 windows over the garden and off this room is a complete modern bathroom with a tub and shower, bidet etc.

The large fully equipped kitchen is to the right off the livingroom, has a center table and a smaller table on the side, chairs, wall cabinets, and counter tops, a big old stone sink, large fridge, and a 4 burner gas stove with oven, and ... 2 windows over the garden.

You can walk to the "Peggy" (left exiting the apartment) in about 4 minutes and to the Accademia bridge in about 8 minutes ... just over about 4 bridges, narrow alleys etc. The Zattere is to the right about 100', over one bridge in front of the building, or as you discover later through an alley, that looks like a dead end (no bridges). The more you adventure, the more "shortcuts" you find.

We shopped and cooked about 1/2 the dinners and a few of the lunches.

I would highly recommend these apartments to anyone who would like the experience of "living" in Venice.

Note: There is an air conditioner for the apartment, a cell phone, and you will be expected to pay for the water, gas and electric, read from the meters when you leave.

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