We are a family of 5 from Ireland and we fell in love with Venice. Our apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey building, in the Castello area of Venice. It has been completely renovated by a Venetian architect in 2009 and now has all home comforts, but all the character and quirks of the original building maintained. We added a roof-top terrace or Venetian Altana, and this gives a private space from which to sit out with coffee at breakfast or enjoy a glass of wine as the heat goes out of the day. The Altana looks out over the roof-tops of Venice, as far as the San Marco Campanile and out to the Dolomite mountains beyond. It is rare indeed in Venice to have an Altana, and it is a prized addition to any property. The apartment has air conditioning and central heating, a fully fitted kitchen and a high level of comfort and luxury throughout. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and generous wardrobe space. The second bedroom contains single beds (as does the master) and both rooms can be configured for couples or friends sharing. The third bedroom has generous bunk beds, and a travel cot is available for babies. The original roof timbers of the building have been painstakingly restored, and the original roof tiles removed, cleaned and replaced. No aspect of design or comfort has been neglected in this wonderful family home, which is bright, spacious and airy.
It is a perfect spot from which one can experience the real Venice, where washing is hung out early morning, and the smells of lunch cooking waft through the square by mid morning. Via Garibaldi is 2 minute's walk away, and this bustling commercial street has all the services one could want for cooking and living: a fruit & vegetable stall on a barge, fishmongers, butchers, bakeries and plenty of friendly bars and restaurants. There is a supermarket 20 seconds from the apartment, and a small trattoria across the square. You will feel like you are a true Venetian as you get used to the slower pace of life in a city with no cars, and no stress...
We have recently installed a broadband WiFi network, a BLIK internet radio, and a Samsung flat screen tv, with DVD /Blu Ray player. We have a small DVD library too. There is wisteria growing up on the altana and a herb garden. And even a yoga mat for those who might like to do yoga in the early morning up on the altana.
An Irish family who have a tiny corner of Venice to themselves. We visit when we can, and are happy to share the unique experience that is Venetian life with like minded guests. We hope our visitors enjoy their time in this most special of cities.
We bought in the Castello area of Venice because it is still truly authentically Venetian and although the area is free from the dense crowds and glass shops at every turn, it is still only a short stroll back to the thick of the action. It is wonderful to visit San Marco Square and the Rialto, but to escape back to the tranquility that is Castello at the end of a long day of walking!
The property is so bright and airy, sunshine and light floods the spaces within. The Altana is a private spot from which to get a sense of the city, as one looks out at the vaporetto boats moving around the lagoon and the Arsenale shipyard below. The apartment is a real family home, and we enjoy cooking big meals with lots of the local wine to add to the experience..