15th century palazzo. Unrivalled views from our sun terrace overlooking Salute Church, St.Marks and lagoon. 10 minutes walk from St.Mark's Square. Every facility. Wi-Fi included. Air-con available.
The apartment is situated in the district of Castello both in the midst of the Venetian community but also close to the major cultural and historical centre. Built around 1450, in the middle of a lively street of shops and restaurants, this is a charming and characterful third floor apartment ten minutes walk from St Marks Square. Unusually it has an altana/roof terrace giving fabulous panoramic views over the whole of Venice even to the snow capped Dolomites.
The apartment is easily accessible on foot over only one or two bridges from either the Arsenale or Giardini water stop.
Three minutes from the waterstop for Lido beaches, it is one hour from Marco Polo airport and 30 minutes from the bus and train stations by waterbus.
The area around Via Garibaldi
The apartment is in the centre of possibly the last indigenous Venetian community. This part of Castello, based around the Via Garibaldi, is full of shops, restaurants and services. There are also the two magnificent churches of San Francesco and San Giuseppe (where a doge is buried) and close to the top end of Via Garibaldi the former Cathedral of San Pietro.
Some of the best Venetian food can be found in several of the local restaurants whilst the quality of fresh produce in the shops is of the highest – and reasonably priced.
Description of the apartment
The front door of the apartment is on the third floor of the palazzo. You then climb a stone staircase into the beamed living room / dining room with windows at each end offering lagoon views. There is a small well equipped kitchen (oven, dishwasher, fridge). Just off the living room is a utility area (with washing machine) leading to the entrance to the bathroom with full length bath and a shower attachment.
The master bedroom with king size bed is on the same floor. The upstairs twin bedded room is reached by climbing a galleried staircase (unsuitable for toddlers or infirm).
The roof terrace is reached from the top bedroom through a French door.
The apartment is very quiet and cosy making it a good all year round residence, even in the winter.
The rate for 2015 (excluding the Villarenters charges) for 7 nights is £750 (£900 during Christmas and New Year period). We rent out for minimum of five nights.
For arrivals after 22.00 there is a charge of 50 Euro payable directly to the caretaker.
Air conditioning is optional. It is charged at 10 euros per each booked night and paid on arrival directly to the caretaker.
The apartment is mentioned in THE TIMES Saturday 26 November 2011:
"EUROPE'S BEST CITY APARTMENTS
The X-factor with this apartment is its small roof terrace, which has fantastic views across the rooftops to St Mark's Square, only ten minutes' walk away. The whole apartment, which is part of a building dating back to 1450, has a wonderfully historical feel with a beamed living/dining room and a galleried staircase to the upstairs twin bedroom. Located in the unspoilt district of Castello, the apartment has an excellent choice of shops and restaurants near by."
Property great location and the picture of the balcony view doesn't actually do enough justice of the fantastic view 360 degrees. In summer it requires the air conditioning to be turned on all day (newly fitted) and it takes about a day for it to cool place down enough to be comfortable, but then it is fine. Had a great stay.
Karin from Köln
Stayed Oct 2014 - Family
We rented this apartment for one week as a family with two 15 year old boys.
The roof-top terrasse is absolutely wonderful and offers fascinating views of the Canale Grande and the Dodges Palace during day and night.
We had gorgeous weather, only sunshine and no rain, so we used the terrace for every meal.
The apartment is very nicely furnished with pictures of Venice on the walls, once you have entered youll feel at home immediately.
It is not very large though, the living room has a width of about 1,80m and streches from one side of the appartement to the other There are two sofas but they are not opposite to each other. The flatscreen TV is very small. The 2nd bedroom is directly under the roof top and it is only possible to stand upright in its center, there are no beds just matresses on the floor. The staircase to the second floor is very steep
There is NO possibility to take a proper shower in the bathroom.
The contact person in Venice who gave us the keys to the apartment was very friendly, helpful and answered the phone immediately, but unfortunately she didnt speek English, so the communication was in Italian (mine isnt very good but it was sufficient to agree upon the meeting time at the Arsenale waterstop)
We wouldt recommend this apartment for:
1. families with smaller children (up to 7 years)
2. people taller than 1,85 m
3. people who like to cook (kitchen is very small, pans are in bad condition)
4. people who like to take a shower (there is only a bathtub in the bathroom)
The location in the CASTELLO is perfect, restaurants, shops, a park and the vaporetto stop ARSENALE are nearby.
Due to the perfect weather, we enjoyed our stay in the apartment very much and can recommend it to everyone to whom the above mentioned 4 points dont matter.
This latest review was so thorough that we felt it merited a response. First of all we are delighted that our guests enjoyed their stay and thank them for their compliments, recommendations and score.
On the points where they expressed advice we enclose the following observations. Above the TV are three shelves of mainly reference books about Venice and Italy. We chose to give them priority over the size of the TV as we judged people were less likely to visit Venice and watch TV but to discover something interesting in the books. The beds in the upstairs room are not only mattresses but proper beds, minus the legs, in deference to their position beneath the roof. The staircase to bedroom two is a maritime type and therefore steeper than a standard staircase. The manageress is Italian but she has sufficient understanding of English to identify problems and a host of English colleagues who will assist if necessary. It was perfectly possible to take a shower although residual water might fall on the floor and require mopping up. We have now installed a shower curtain to prevent this happening. Situated upon three floors the apartment has room enough for four people. There are larger apartments in Venice but visitors should expect to pay more for them.
Our conclusions to the four points outlined are: 1. We agree the apartment is unsuitable for children under 7 (and we have already stated on the website it is unsuitable for toddlers and infirm). 2. A person 1.95m in height would be comfortable. 3. The kitchen has historically provided for family dinners etc. The saucepans and utensils have been checked and are absolutely fine for preparations of meals. 4. Both showers and baths are perfectly possible.
Susan from Brighton
Stayed Mar 2014 - Family
We rented the apartment as a couple, with a last-minute shorter visit by our adult daughter and partner. The outstanding feature of the apartment is the fantastic view from the altana and we spent happy hours out there, particularly enjoying the stunning sunsets. The apartment is comfortably furnished and we really appreciated the reproduction artworks, books and DVDs reflecting wonderful aspects of Venice. Weve stayed near Via Garibaldi before and recommend it as a great spot to find local shops and reasonably priced restaurants away from the madding crowds. There are two vaporetto stops nearby. We took a great trip to Chioggia one day, via the Lido and Pelestrina, all on our ACTV travel tickets - details in the apartment visitors book. Regarding the accommodation, it is fair that the owners make quite clear in their description that there is limited height in the bedroom in the roof as it could be a bit awkward for the less agile to get in and out of bed under the eaves.
Sally from Weston Turville
Stayed Oct 2013 - Friends
We had an absolutely lovely short break in the apartment the location was superb with all the main attractions within easy walking distance. The weather wasnt overly kind which meant we couldnt spend time enjoying the fantastic view from the roof terrace. We shall certainly being booking again in the future!
Marilyn from Waterlooville
Stayed Sep 2013 - Couple
This was our first visit to Venice and we felt very lucky to have found this delightful apartment. The location was ideal, the immediate area being traditional and out of the main tourist zone but within easy walking distance of St Marks Square etc. The vaporetti stop was only a few minutes away, so giving easy access to anywhere a bit further away. The apartment was very comfortable, homely and well equipped but much as we loved it, we would not recommend it for four adults due to the second bedroom being "in the eaves" and with very limited headroom. We would certainly thoroughly recommend it for two and would love to say there again if we return to Venice.
Lucy from Leeds
Stayed Sep 2012
Just got back from 5 nights at Casa Castello with our toddler. A lovely flat in a wonderful location, a few minutes walk from the Arsenale waterstop and about 100 metres or less from the waterfront, with vaporetti, ferries and cruise ships passing by and lots of lovely cafes and restaurants. The flat is very comfortable and well equipped with lots of character - lots of interesting books on Venice and lovely prints. The views from the roof terrace are absolutely amazing - out over the lagoon and the churches and spires of Venice. The roof terrace is a lovely place to sit and relax. A central but peaceful location, busy but without the intense crowds of St Marks. Theres a lovely park on the waterfront near the flat which was nice for our toddler to run around in. The stairs up to the other bedroom are quite steep, but fine for older children, maybe just not toddlers. We loved this flat, and would definitely return.
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a really welcoming, very Venetian place to stay - felt like our own corner of Venice for 3 days. Superb position you can nip out for fresh bread or a coffee etc, good choice of restaurants in street below when youre too tired to walk far walk for 10 mins in one direction and youre in San Marco, turn the other way and youre in the only airy, spacious, fresh part of Venice, ideal for walking or jogging!, or watching the locals living their ordinary lives in this extraordinary city. And the roof terrace with those views is the icing on the cake ... Weve just booked to return - have stayed in Venice before but cant beat this!! Stayed Sept. 2010
We had a fabulous time in Venice! The apartment is fantastic, we couldn't believe how peaceful it is, we slept really well!We ate out locally and enjoyed a lovely evening at "Giorgione" with the singing. The views accross to St.Mark's from the balcony are great and even though it was early in the season we sat out drinking a local prosecco! Hope to return one day.The Kay familyNottingham, UKEaster 2010
We've enjoyed an amazing week in this delightful apartment. The kitched has been fully appreciated as the local produce on the doorstep is exceptional fresh fruit, vegetables, meat & fish and the finest delicatessen in Venice (Biancchi Gabrielle) with stunning Parmesan.Mark + Miranda H.North DorsetApril 2010
Spent lots of money, had a great time! Impossible to do otherwise!Loved the flat.Di + DeeHolmfirth, W.Yorks., UKOctober 2009
We have really enjoyed your lovely apartment - especially the roof terrace where we watched the cruise ships go by in the evenings and the lovely sunsets.Pam, Alan, Mary and JackLeicestershire + Burton-on-TrentSeptember 2009
Apartment is full of Venetian character. Fantastic location. Great views from the terrace - will recommend it to friends/family. Took a trip on a gondola: 80 Euros before 7 pm, 100 Euros after. They don't haggle!Derek, Suzanne, Hannah and JackBristol, England
The apartment is fantastic - relaxing and cool. Loved the stunning views from the roof garden. The weather was very hot so we had to pace ourselves - the park at Giardini was a success with the kids + great place to cool off as it is very shady. Great cafe too!Andrea, Mark, Gracie and Izzy, Sheffield, England30/5/08
I would recommend feeding pigeons in St.Mark's Square, but remember to get some food first! The Co-op is just down the street. Make sure to get some strong sun cream (especially if you get to Lido)! When you go to Murano make sure to get a glass souvenir. Go to see the glass blowers as well, we saw one to make a horse out of nothing (well, glass). The top bedroom is best and has a terrace. If you are having dinner out go to the restaurant across the street. For ice cream there is Il Doge. The wildlife films by the TV are good. You will find lizzards in the park, cats in the residential area and birds and dogs everywhere.PS: Gondolas are good.Alex (age 10ဓ/5/08
A fantastic apartment in an excellent location. It was lovely to be so close to St.Mark's, but also enjoy the real side of Venice along Via Garibaldi.Many thanks.Andy, Arifa, Michelle and Simone, LondonMay 2008
We had a wonderful week in Venice. We loved the roof terrace, the town, Via Garibaldi with the everyday life and locals and the fine restaurants in the area of Castello. We will come back another time.Henrik + Date (Denmark)May 2008
Wow! What a fab apartment in a great location. Venice is all we expected and more. Watching sunset from the roof terrace was something else.Shop around for food and drink. Can't wait to return.Maxine, Mark, Helen, Steve5Ǌ/4/2008
We love the apartment, thank you, fantastic location, and we were incredibly lucky with the weather! Thanks for your good taste in decor. We have more to see, so we hope to be back sometime soon. John + Sandy, Salisbury, Wilts.March / April 2008
Well placed apartment for seeing the sights and catching the Vaporettos - no.1 for slow ride up the Grand Canal especially in the evenings. Attic room is height limited but gives a wonderful view from the balcony over Venice. Lovely bed in the double room, best nights' sleep for ages.The Walkers + The Sandersons, September '07
We've had a wonderful week in Venice and the apartment has been perfect in every respect. We enjoyed the location, the amazing view from the roof terrace, the excellent range of books and such attractive posters and paintings. Every comfort. Every need catered for and such a warm welcome from Monica and the delightful Emily. Many thanks.The Maywood family, August '07
Amazing few days in Venice. The apartment is unbeatable, the location near main sites but in it's own nice area too! Loved the roof terrace in the cool evenings.The Hardie family, August '07
It goes without saying that we had a wonderful time here in Venice, partly due to the lovely flat and its location in the lively Via Garibaldi area. Our highlights were wandering around the less busy areas of the city, our trip to Torcello and our meal at Il Nuovo Galleon. We had 1 1/2 days of torrential rain but then the sun shone and we enjoyed the tremendous view from the terrace. Note that on Sunday the bakeries in Via Garibaldi remain closed but the Billa supermarket on Strada Nuova is open all day. Thank you again.J.Fantes et.al., May 2007
A fabulous time in the wonderful city of Venice. We were very lucky with the weather. The apartment is charming, well stocked and in a great location. We made a good use of the rooftop terrace. Thank you.Colin, Karen, Nick and Debbi, April 2007
This is a very cosy apartment and in a friendly place. Both restaurants we used provided really good food and a lovely atmosphere.Jill Edwards, January 2007
A wonderful apartment full of character in a superb location ideal to reaching all parts of the Canal. Be sure to visit the Doge's Palace (allow plenty of time!).The local specialities at the Garanghelo (downstairs) and the Giorgione(to the right of the apartment) are a joy to behold. Luciano's singing at the latter is not to be missed! A fantastic stay all in all amongst the Venetian community. Thanks for a great time.Barrie and Julie, January 2007
Just a quick note to say we got back from a most wonderful stay thisafternoon.The flat really is terrific - very cosy and beautifully decorated, and it'swonderfully equipped in all respects, though we three coffee drinkers couldhave used more than a one-cup coffee maker! And a bath mat would be auseful addition as well. Apart from those two small suggestions, we feltextremely at home, and it was great to be so centrally located.All in all (and even the weather wasn't all that bad for this time ofyear!), we had an extremely pleasant stay and would love to return at somepoint and will certainly recommend it to our friends.Mrs.Townsend, November 2006
Some impressions from 2005 : Just a note to say that we enjoyed our visit to Venice, which was enhanced by our stay at your apartment. It was everything that we required, a convenient base for our trips round the city with the facility of a kitchen to turn our market shopping into Italian meals. Many thanks.J.Grant We want to let you know what a wonderful time we had in Venice staying in your delightful apartment. We fell in love with the city and spent hours exploring the canals and alleys. Thank you. We hope to return! Many thanks for the guide book, a lovely touch!The Yates family We just wanted to let you know that we had a really wonderful time in Venice, and your apartment was superb, so comfortable and nothing lacking in it. We so enjoyed being there; the selection of books was great and each night we watched Da Mosto’s video in parts. The apartment was clean, comfortable, and in such a lovely position. Monica met us as arranged at the waterbus stop and was so polite and welcoming and informative. The Beardsley family
At the top of the apartment is a large roof terrace from which it is possible to eat, drink, sunbathe and study the beautiful panorama. This includes the churches of San Georgio Maggiore and Salute, the Ducale Palace and even, on clear days, the snow-clad Dolomites.