We took the advice of travel experts (like Rick Steves) and decided to book a place away from the crowds at the Grand Canal and St Marks. We were not disappointed. This property is on a tiny street several canals removed from the tourist spots. It was quiet and in a nice neighbourhood with lots of local shops and eateries. *Venice is a walking city, this property is in easy walking distance from all attractions*. The apartment is up 3 flights of stairs, so pack light. The views are as seen on the photos. It is well stocked with the necessary supplies. we did not use much as we spent all day out getting lost in the streets and alleys (it is said "If you don't get lost in Venice, you are not having fun!). Pietro is an attentive host and promptly answered all our queries.
We stayed here for 3 nights and were able to visit many different hilltop villages - including Monteriggioni, Volterra, Greve Chanti. We also enjoyed a day in Siena but we loved coming back each night to enjoy a local restaurant and the peace and quiet of the country. We may have spent more time at the farmhouse with it’s lovely pool and outdoor seating but it was still quite cool during our visit in early May.
The home itself is spotless with plumbing that works well. There is a futon in the kitchen / living area that would be adequate for 1-2 children but I don’t think it would work for two couples.
Charming and perfect for two novice Americans in the Italian countryside.