Beautiful studio with a pictoresque view, in a real venetian area; all amenities available. Ideal for Biennale, St.Marc, Arsenale. Quiet, authentic neighborhood
Beautiful 36 M2 studio, open space in Castello with a beautiful, sunny view, has double bed + sofa, kitchenette, bathroom. The area is authentic, all amentities shops available - including a boat selling fruits and vegetables in front of the house!
Museums and tourist attractions nearby (San Marco, Arsenale, San Pietro di Castello, the most magical of all venetian squares). Very nice walks in the area. Very well connected to public transport and very close to San Marco and the Lido.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with guests is only upon arrival and in case of problems
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri of Venice, Italy. The district grew up from the thirteenth century around a naval dockyard on what was originally the Isole Gemini, although there had been small settlements of the islands of San Pietro di Castello (for which the sestiere is named), also called Isola d'Olivolo, since at least the eighth century.
The district became divided between the Arsenale, then the largest naval complex in Europe, and the monasteries in the north of the quarter. It was later altered by Napoleon, who planned what are now the Bienniale Gardens, and still more recently the island of Sant'Elena has been created, and land drained at other extremities of the quarter.
Other attractions in Castello include the Scuola di San Marco, the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the Scuola of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, the church of San Giorgio dei Greci, the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Church of La Pietà and the Church of San Zaccaria.
Very convenient, Giardini, San Pietro di Castello, Arsenale boat stops are only a few minutes' walk from the apartment
Other Things to Note
great authentic calm venetian area. Very calm, sunny apartment with pictiresque, sunny view. The best thing to do is to have breakfast in front of the window and see people passing in front of you (and not seeing you!) as you sip your mornings' espresso coffee
Venice is a very quiet city, with no background noise, so loud music is heard very far away. Guests are encouraged to be mindful of neighbours, especially before 8 AM and after 8 PM. In Venice there is a system for recycling paper/cardboard, glass, plastic, so guests are very strongly encouraged to dispose of garbage in the appropriate sites and time slots. Garbage is collected outside the door in the street before 8 AM.
The location of the apartment was great, very close to the Arsenale and Giardini water bus stops, as well as walking distance to St Mark's square. Elisabeth met us there and was very friendly and helpful. Like others mentioned, it is right on the street with 1 way mirrored windows, so it was interesting to watch people go by, checking themselves out. You could hear some noise: conversations, dogs barking, and boats crossing, but overall it was a quiet neighborhood. We really enjoyed our stay.
We were welcome by Marc's father right on time at the allilaguna stop. we arrived late at night at it was raining hard. when we arrived at the studio Michael provided us with all the important info. the very next day we encounter Aqua Alta, what an experience! the Studio is located in a perfect spot for everything Via Giuseppe Garibaldi has good restaurants, a shoe store were we purchase the water boots, a market and is a walking distance to the major tourist area. We recomend this studio if you want to see the real Venetian life, we really enjoyed.
Abbiamo soggiornato per capodanno in questa deliziosa casa. Posizione comodissima a 15 minuti a piedi da San Marco, in un quartiere tranquillo e caratteristico. Siamo stati accolti da una Signora molto gentile e sul tavolo della cucina c'era della frutta e un buonissimo panettone :) La consiglio vivamente.
To begin this decidedly mixed review, let me say that the hosts are very, very nice, and were very helpful. They reserved a table for us at a very good local restaurant Giorgione on Christmas eve, stocked the room with goodies prior to our arrival, provided excellent instructions and tips prior to our arrival. The Castello district is a gem that gets away from the San Marco/Rialto bridge tourist maelstrom. The showers and hot water actually work. However, this is very much offset by the fact that we needed to wear 2 layers of clothes in the room and to bed during our winter visit because there is minimal heat, and the fuses blew twice: once at 3 a.m. in the morning when we were trying to catch a vaparetto to the airport. Finally, though other reviews have mentioned this, one must be cognizant of the fact that even with the one way glass, your privacy in this room has its limits. The one way glass works better during the day when the light is outside. At night one must close the curtains very carefully (I used clothespins) which reminded me of stories about blackout curtains. You can hear people walk along the canal (not that many, but they are there) and several people attempted to look in.
The bottom line is that you can definitely do worse in Venice - I can count at least two worse experiences in hotels in our visits. But you can also do better.
It was an amazing experience living in Marc's studio flat because of it's location and design. The flat was right next to a small canal, enjoying a coffee by the canal in the morning was very relaxing. The bathroom in a fridge is another interesting high-light of the flat. The flat was well equipped, even with a nice CD player and good selection of music. The location was perfect for Biennale. Marc's parents very nice, helpful and responsible, I appreciate their recommendations about my travel a lot.
Communication with Marc was very good and his mother Elisabeth gave us clear instructions about which Vaporetto (water bus) to catch. She was waiting for us at the studio and showed us around. The studio is comfortable and has everything you need.We appreciated having breakfast items provided such as bread, butter, milk, and fruit.... And even beer and prosecco!
The area is great- away from the main tourists but close enough to either walk or use public transport. Being only a few minutes walk from several Water bus stops we really enjoyed the vaporetti and made full use of the 72 hour pass, visiting different islands (our favourite was the colourful Burano) as well as the main areas.
We also enjoyed (as many other people have described) people watching through the one-way windows!
We would thoroughly recommend Marc's studio in Costello and would definitely choose to return.
Parfaitement conforme à ce que nous attendions. Accueil professionnel et sympathique. Idéalement placé. Nous reviendrons certainement
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I have lived in Venice all my life, studied International Relations and currently working for the UN. I am managing the properties through my family - father and mother are architects that studied in Venice from 1967 and never left it. We know the city inside out and are in love with it!