This was a very different experience to central Venice. The beautifully tranquil, verdant island of Mazzorbo is home to the Venissa estate, a walled vineyard that holds a chic hostel and 'destination' restaurant. We stayed in the 'certosa' room - 2nd floor in the eves with a beautiful view overlooking the canal. The Vaporetto stop is only a hundred yards away and it is an easy stroll through the vineyard, across the bridge into the livlier tourist island of Burano. Room and bathroom very chic but could have done with a little more guidance about how everything worked and a fridge/minibar would have been nice. Also the rooms are not soundproofed and all sounds do travel! Nice squashy sofa at the back in the sun to lounge about on and admire the view surrounded by lavender, rosemary and other herbs. Breakfasts are superb - realy fresh juice, yoghurt, fruit, gorgeous warm croissants/breads and apple cake. Keeps you going for the rest of the day. I will go back just to try the award winning restaurant as my husband got sunstroke and was too ill to eat!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Venissa Wine Resort, located on the island of Mazzorbo in the Venetian Lagoon a mere 40 minutes by ferry from Venice, offers an abundance of options for travelers looking for a unique and entirely off-the-beaten-track experience. The estate's charming 6-room guesthouse is the epitome of laid-back, minimalist elegance. Located on the bottom floor of the guesthouse is a casual osteria serving delicious local fare, while across the grounds is Venissa's Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, which has become a sought-after destination for local and international foodies thanks to the chefs' creative, innovative take on the hyper-local ingredients used in their dishes, many of which come from the estate's beautiful heirloom garden. There is also a fascinating walled vineyard on the property: in fact, Venissa is best known for the white wine it produces from the Dorona varietal, native to the Venetian Lagoon but long forgotten until Gianluca Bisol, Venissa's owner, discovered and planted an abandoned vine on Mazzorbo nearly fifteen years ago. In addition to tours of the vineyard and guided wine tastings, visitors to Venissa have the rare opportunity to completely immerse themselves into Venetian Lagoon culture by way of boating excursions, rowing lessons with the Rowing Club of Burano, photography exhibitions, and private tours of largely undiscovered sites on the most ancient islands of the Venetian Lagoon. ... more less
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