Venice, the apartment occupies the “piano nobile” of an exceptional palazzo in the colourful Camp Santa Margherita in the Dorsoduro. It’s a beautifully balanced location, close enough to walk to all the most alluring of sights, but a comforting refuge away from the crowds with small shops, chattering cafes, bars and delicious restaurants, where you’ll actually hear Italian spoken.
Food & Drink:
Around the Campo are fruitier, a superb fishmonger, delicious bakery and you can sample the best of the Veneto by the glass at the tiny Bistro do Draghi. You’ll soon find your favourites – Osteria Bifora offers local fare on a typed up sheet with daily seasonal specials. At Pizza al Volo (“pizza on the fly”) grab a delicious slice for 2 Euros.
Museums, Art Galleries & History:
Ca’ Pesaro in Venice is a modern art museum that contains important paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, including masterpieces by Klimt and Chagall and remarkable works by artists such as Kandinsky, Klee and Moore. Located on the Grand Canal, the grandiose Baroque Palazzo was commissioned in the mid-17th century by the noble Pesaro family and brought to life by famed Venetian architect, Baldassarre Longhena. Works began in 1659 but sadly Longhena died before completion. The construction was finished in 1710 by Gian Antonio Gaspari.
Enjoy an enchanting gondola ride through the inner canals of Venice and discover the city from a different point of view. Breathe in the atmosphere of the most ancient city in the world built on water, and afterwards enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner in a lovely Venetian restaurant.
Saint Mark’s Basilica:
The opulent Saint Mark’s Basilica is arguably the jewel in Venice’s crown. With its multi-levelled domes, intricate facades and stunning mosaics, it’s a marvel of Italo-Byzantine architecture.
Piazza San Marco:
This gigantic public square is the centrepiece of Venice. Napoleon was so taken by the beauty of the architecture; he called Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe.”
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most ravishing bridge across Grand Canal. Get up early and enjoy the spectacular views at your leisure.
Teatro La Fenice:
You don’t need to be an opera enthusiast to be blown away by the sumptuous Teatro La Fenice, one of the most important and renowned venues in the history of the art.