I hesitate to share how much I enjoyed my ten day stay in one of the two bedroom apartments in the Palazzetto da Schio because I am afraid it will be so overbooked I will never be able to schedule time on Contessa Anna da Schio's busy booking calendar again!
We stayed in the two bedroom apartment on what would be described in America as the second floor. It was furnished with family antiques and art and overlooked the Fondamenta Soranzo detta Fornace, a lovely canal in the Dorsorduro, very near the Salute church. The rooms are spacious, well furnished, and very comfortable. The kitchen was the best equipped kitchen I have ever encountered in a rental apartment, including dishwasher, washer, drying rack, microwave, and all sorts of cooking and dining equipment. There is even a wheeled cart to take to the market!
Contessa da Schio is the best hostess one could ever hope for. She is fluent in English (which is very helpful because my ability to communicate in Italian is pitiful). She corresponds by email to answer all questions and arrange the booking and then gives a thorough tour and explanation of the apartment upon arrival. She is available to answer question or help with any problems during your stay, but, as others have noted, is not intrusive.
Although Venice has become so tourist oriented that many of the shops that formerly existed to serve the residents (small markets, neighborhood bakeries, etc.) have been replaced with shops to sell to tourists, the neighborhood has a few remaining small shops and the Billa supermarket is an easy walk or vaporetto ride. We also shopped at the Rialto Market one day and brought our purchases home by vaporetto. If you are staying for a week or more, try to go to the Rialto Market and then cook at home one night!
I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Venice!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzetto da Schio has been my family residence in Venice for a few centuries; the house is XVIth century, and I have completely restored it dividing it into 5 apartments, for myself, my relatives and for my guests.Apt N.1 «PIANO NOBILE» is my own home and it is available for all kinds of parties and receptions.Apt N.2 «TOP FLOOR/WEST» is on the top floor, at the back of the house: the view is very pleasant on the rooftops of Venice and the garden below. It has a bedroom with queen size bed, one bathroom, one sitting room (with a comfortable bed-sofa for a third guest) and a big livable kitchen. Apts N.3 and N.4 «TOP FLOOR/EAST» AND «MEZZANINE-CANAL» are, respectively, on the top floor and on the mezzanine floor. They are available all year round.The plans of these two apartments are very similar: two bedrooms (one with queen size bed, the other with two or three single beds), 2 bathrooms, one sitting room and a small kitchen.The top floor apt. has also a sofa trundle bed for two extra guests.All the rooms are on the front of the house with a very nice view over the canal and plenty of light and sun.Apt N.5 «MEZZANINE-GARDEN» is on the mezzanine floor on the back of the house ; it is very quiet, with a restful view of the garden with its medieval well. It has a bedroom with queen size bed, a living-room with an alcove (elevated from the floor) that has two extra beds, a bathroom and a kitchen.The furniture of all the apartments is mostly antique ranging from the XVII century onwards, but water, gas, electricity and telephone systems are all modern and independent.Each apartment is completely equipped with linen, blankets, kitchen ware, etc.We have Wi-fi Internet connection in the house, free for all the guests.The little garden is at the disposal of all the guests.We are in the Dorsoduro area, very close to the Salute, on Rio della Fornace, which is the second canal joining the Grand Canal to the Giudecca Canal. ... more less
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