Book early for the Venice Carnival and Biennale!

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December 2015

We don’t think for a minute that you need any encouragement to visit Venice! However, it is a good idea to book accommodation in plenty of time if you are thinking of visiting during Carnival in late January/early February, or the Biennale (late May to late November).

We have recently added a new selection of stunning rental apartments throughout the city, several with furnished roof terraces … but they do book up early…

Venice CarnivalJanuary 23rd – February 9th 2016 (The main part of the festival is from January 30th - February 9th)

With the first week mainly build-up to the excitement, Carnival kicks off seriously on 30thJanuary with the Doge’s Ball, the Serenissima Ball, the Carlton Carnival Ball, the Grand Masquerade Ball and many more. One of the most popular Grand Balls in 2015 was the The Enchanted Palace, which will take place again in 2016 in a beautiful Palace along the magnificent Grand Canal. Combining a twist, a hint of mystery, an ancient legend, a dark and eerie atmosphere, it comprises the essence of Venice, with guests becoming part of the story. There are also walking tours and a number of other special events which offer a look into Venice’s mysterious past, including a walking tour in the footsteps of Casanova. For many the best part of Carnival though are the free activities – soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the costumes, masks, the candle-lit parade of boats, and street performances.

Venice Biennale, 15th International Architecture Exhibition to be held from May 28thto November 27th 2016

The International Architecture exhibition promises to be a huge event next summer with its traditional layout of national participants, each in their own pavilion, covering the area around the Arsenale and the Giardini, as well as other venues across the historic centre of the city. Directed by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, its theme “Reporting From the Front,” is very relevant, with its implications of a battle against what he refers to as the “inertia of reality.” “More and more people in the planet are in search for a decent place to live and the conditions to achieve it are becoming tougher and tougher by the hour,” he explains. “But unlike military wars where nobody wins and there is a prevailing sense of defeat, on the frontlines of the built environment, there is a sense of vitality because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key.”

WHERE TO STAY:

Eremite 1

This lovely two bedroom rental apartment is in an enchanting location, overlooking one of the prettiest canals in Venice, the Rio delle Romite, in Dorsoduro, opposite one of the most well known restaurants in the city, Locanda Montin. The apartment is on the first floor and offers flexible living space, with well furnished living and dining areas overlooking the canal.It is a quiet location, although only within a minute’s walk from the Fondamenta Toletta, a charming street of bookshops, a bar, gelataria, and the canalside tables of the small, but highly popular, ‘Enoteca Ai Artisti’. It is also within a minute’s walk of the fine restaurants of Calle Lunga San Barnaba which leads directly to the delightful Campo San Barnaba and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of 18th Century Art, right by the Grand Canal.

We also offer another 2 bedroom apartment in the same building, Eremite 2, which offers a good solution for a larger group of up to 9 people, wanting to stay near each other.

Apartment San Samuele

Situated in a great central location in San Marco, just off Campo Santo Stefano, this fabulous three bedroom apartment comes with the advantage of a furnished ‘altana’ roof terrace with spectacular views towards the Palazzo Grassi Museum of Modern Art. Within steps of the apartment is a grocery store, a wine shop and a good selection of cafes and restaurants, art galleries and antique shops, as well as the gallery of the famous Venetian wood sculptor, Livio de Marchi, and the Venice outlet of the famous Florentine ‘Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella’ – one of the oldest pharmacies in the world and one time fragrance maker to Catherine de’ Medici. The interiors of this spacious two bedroom apartment offer the very best of Italian styling, hand-crafted furnishings and luxury fittings.

Apartment San Lorenzo

Situated in a quieter location in Castello, this 3 bedroom apartment enjoys a quiet location, yet within an easy walk of St Mark’s Square. Close by is the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, with its wonderful Carpaccio paintings, and the Church of San Lorenzo (now closed to the public, but the supposed resting place of famous Venetian explorer Marco Polo. Fans of Donna Leon’s crime books, might also be interested in knowing that the ‘Questura’ office of the fictional police Commissario Guido Brunetti, is just moments away by foot, on the ‘Rio di San Lorenzo’ canal. The apartment also benefits from a furnished ‘altana’ terrace, accessed via a short staircase from the living area. From here guests can enjoy breathtaking views vistas over Venice, taking in the churches of San Francesco Della Vigna and San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance and the onion domes and bell-tower of St. Mark’s soaring above the terracotta rooftops.

Apartment Malatin

Back to San Marco, this very comfortable and stylish rental apartment is situated just off a lively little shop-filled thoroughfare, Calle della Mandola, which connects Campo Santo Stefano and Campo Sant’ Angelo, with the famous Rialto Bridge and district to the north and St. Mark’s Square to the south. With two bedrooms, a double and a single, the apartment features a white-beamed main open plan living/dining/kitchen area with a contemporary L-shaped sofa, a dining table seating six and a fully-fitted kitchen. For a larger group of friends of up to 8 people wanting to stay close to each other, we have another apartment in the same building, sleeping up to five people.

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