Conceptual Devices Apartment 1

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Cannaregio, Venice, 30121, Italy

The Space

The apartment was for many years my home and atelier. Now I live in Zurich and my family and I decided to rent it for short periods of time so to be able to use it as a home / studio for ourselves. I am an architect and I travel a lot. My hart beats for many places, one of these is surely Venice.

This is my philosophy of hospitality: live and work anywhere, but possibly in the most beautiful and comfortable places in the world. This is what I believe my apartment and the city of Venice can offer.

The apartment is located in the attic of a building of the XVI century. It consist of two independent units. A small one and a bigger one that I rent separately.
This description fits the unit that I call 1, the smaller one, which I believe is an ideal place for a couple. It is not big but it is very nice and intimately cozy in the sense that there is only one open and bright living environment that contains a kitchen, library, a toiler with shower and desk in front of a nice view over Palazzo Labia and the Venice roof tops.
Personally I find it a perfect place to work and focus on a specific project if you are alone and a romantic nest for short periods of time for a couple.

The building stands on the Grand Canal, fifteen minutes walk from the train station, 20 from Rialto Bridge and next to the vaporetto stop named S. Marcuola. It is not far from the famous Ghetto and it is just off the beaten tracks. Cannaregio is the name of the area of the city where it is located. This is one of the most lively are of the city: restaurants, fruit street markets, and little shops are typical of this area. The building has a monumental entrance and a courtyard with a private well, typical of ancient Venetian palaces. The strategic location allows to move without the need to take the vaporetto each times (a ride cost 5€ per person).

Clean bed sheets and fresh towels will be provided as well as all you need to land and feel welcome in a new home: coffee, milk, sugar, and minimum amount of food you can have when you wake up hungry after a long trip.

Together with the facilities described above I always leave a bottle of prosecco in the fridge to welcome my guests in Venice and introduce them to the venetian lifestyle.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $7 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $640 /week
Monthly Price: $1422 /month
Security Deposit: $284
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I had such a wonderful time staying in Antonio's attic studio for almost 3 weeks during February. From the moment of meeting his friend Luca, who was so helpful and welcoming, till the last memories of this grand gorgeous palazzo's entrance – it was a pleasure. The apartment is small, but so comfortable; it has everything one would need for living/working/studying/enjoying Venice. Plus, when you sit at the table facing the window, you have a feeling of unlimited space: the view was just mesmerising me every day. The area is also very, very nice: each morning you can enjoy pastries from the nearby bakery (the smell of croissants is noticed from the doorsteps), fruits from the nearby market, coffee from the nearby cafe, and most importantly the company of Venetians.

    To be objective, I have to mention here that some things in the apartment (for example, a shower curtain or a chair) are getting oldish and could have been repaired or substituted. However, it is just a minor observation.

    I've never thought of myself as a bohemian, but this attic is truly made for cinema characters (think of Gregory Peck from "Roman Holiday") and novel heroes. I highly recommend Antonio's property and would definitely be happy to come back here again.

    February 2014
  • It was a great pleasure to be hosted by Antonio and his family! They were very helpful and welcoming! Definitely, next time i find myself in Venice i will chose to stay again in their beautiful place!

    February 2014
  • Small but cute and practical ! We had a great time, the view on the roofs was nice even with the rain. The device had whatever could be needed (Luca even had the kindness to lend us some boots for the aqua alta !).
    Thanks a lot, Hope we can come again soon !

    April 2013
  • I stayed at Antonio's apartment for two months in the winter.
    The studio is lovely. The view is spectacular, especially on the days where the air is clear enough to see the alps. The location, too, is fantastic. The studio offers everything you need!
    Luca, Antonio's friend in Venice, was very kind and helpful, it was a pleasure meeting him! He was always available when any issues came up.
    Antonio too was available and helpful and gave me lots of great tips in the neighborhood!

    The only thing is that the walls are very, very thin, and the neighbor has her bed right against your wall. She seems to go to bed between 7-8pm, and doesn't tolerate any noise afterwards, not even a quiet conversation, because the walls are really so thin.

    Nonetheless, I heartily encourage you to rent this studio, I would go back anytime. Its merits surpass its shortcomings!

    Thanks a lot again both to Antonio and Luca for everything.

    March 2013
  • I had a wonderful time in Venice feeling to have a "home" in this town, not just a small room in a hotel. The apartment is excellent, quite and full of light. The view over the roofs of Canareggio lets you take a breath of peace in this town full of tourists. The elegant entrance just at the Canale Grande gives you the impression (or illusion) to be one of the old Venetians. And finaly, if I knew that Antonio has so many interesting books on his shelf, I wouldn't have taken my own with me.
    Thank you Antonio.

    January 2013
  • Spent over week in Antonios flat and I have to say it was very confortable. I really liked that fact that it is on the top level with views. Luca was excellent host. Grazie

    November 2012
  • I've 'met' with Antonio (on AirBNB), Luca (via mail and text) and finally with Annette (in real life) so yes, AirBNB is definitely a more social experience than booking an anonymous ho(s)tel.
    All went great, the booking and our final meetup in Venice was a breeze.

    We had decided to take the boat from the airport, definitely the coolest entry into Venice and the Guglie boat stop is conveniently close to the appt. We would surely recommend doing this.

    The palazzo with its tiny central square is amazing and the appt after a short climb (pack light!) was cute, light and felt immediately like home. We must have spent 15 minutes looking around and reading all the book & CD covers and staring at the globes and random items. It felt we were taking care of the appt. of an old friend who had just left.
    The appt has all you need and my gf's dream came true finding a bottle of prosecco WITH aperol mix in the fridge. Her favorite.
    The appt. itself is very funky in every aspect, comfortable enough and the closest to a small home away from home for 2 and a few days you could get.

    Ask for and checkout the (website hidden) map made by Antonio/Luca and make sure to listen to the tips of Luca/Annette as we had the best time just exploring our neighbourhood and the quieter parts of Venice. See the sites but Venice also has great places to escape the crowds and to join the locals just around the appt. We had the best take-away pizza ever, cicchetti at paradiso perduto and 'supermarket' bread, cheese and meat from coop was 100 times better than what we get at the Italian delicatese shop at home.
    We are aspiring runners and had a great time running the 'calles' of Venice and the waterfront. Running up and down the bridges and their stairs made us feel like in a Rocky movie.

    Tips: take-away pizza in the alley just North of the appt, anything you need (bread, cheese, etc) from the coop near the appt, fruits / veggies from the market nearby and make sure to take a trip to the Burano island and try to have lunch (seafood!) at "Gatto Nero"

    I hope we will be able to come again. Thx all.

    October 2012
  • This sweet apartment was perfect for our stay. Luca was very helpful and a great host, meeting us at the vaporetto stop and making recommendations along the way. A great value for a couple traveling in an expensive city.

    October 2012
  • Many thanks to Antonio for allowing us to stay in his apt. In Venice. It was clean and architecturally smart. It's also a built in stairmaster, requiring a healthy set of legs to get to its top floor vacation! Special thanks to Luca who met us promptly and gave us many good suggestions about the apt. and for our visit. We would definitely rent it again.

    October 2012
  • Great host & great location to visit Venice.
    Thanks a lot !

    October 2012
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I am an architect 'sbagliato' as only a Negroni can be: the right mix of the wrong stuff. Principal at Conceptual Devices ((website hidden)). The space I rent in Venice used to be my home and office when I was doing my PhD in Urban Design. Now my office and my life is mostly in Zurich, Switzerland. Althought I still want to use the space sometime, you know: workshops, mini sabatics, art and architecture biennales... in other words I want to keep it as temporary studio for special public or private occasions. Not bad, Hah? So I need to keep it alive and bring not accosianal tourists in the magic city of venice.
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