Self catering apartments in Rome and Venice

The Cannaregio apartments

This is one of the most interesting examples of gothic domestic architecture in Venice- a charming miniature palace in an unusual position facing due south over the junction of two wide canals, the Canale Santa Caterina and the Rio di Ca´Dolce.round the corner from the eighteenth century Chiesa de´Gesuiti,with Domenico Rossi´s extravagant interior of folds of damask rendered in coloured marble.

A particular attraction of the house is that all main windows face south overwide canals, avoiding the frequent sense of claustrophobia one has in much Venetian accomodation.

It has recently been fully restored by a pupil of the famous Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

The first documented evidence of the house is in the famous fifteenth century plan of Venice by Jacobo da Barbari which hangs everywhere and which shows the building exactly as we see it today.At that time the area of S. Caterina was used for the chopping and storage of timber. It was later, with the construction of the splendid baroque Palazzo Zen next door, that it became residential.

The first owner of Cannaregio 4935, was in fact a wood merchant . Rumour has it that he was very jealous of the merchant who built the Ca´ d´ Oro on the Grand Canal, and tried as far as possible to imitate that palace when he built his own, considerably more modest ,establishment. Indeed, the four arched Gothic windows on our facade are a simpler version of those on the Ca´d´Oro, and the dark gold colour of the house, imposed by the Historic Houses Commission, is an imitation, albeit rather inferior , of the magnificent gold leaf which once shone on the front of the Ca´d´Oro.

We ourselves frequently live in the house and it is furnished accordingly. There are entirely three separate apartments which can be entirely independent or used as a single entity for twelve persons. Each obviously has its own bathrooms and kitchens, all have wide open views and large, bright rooms.

The area is very much the Venice of the Venetians, tourists (and even the English watercolourists ,including Turner) tended to stay around St Marks. We are round the corner from Tintoretto´s house near the boats which leave for Murano to the North and the Ca´d´Oro on the Grand Canal to the south.

The main flat on the piano nobile has a long balcony, and a favorite occupational therapy for children in season, is eating cherries and seeing who can blow the stones furthest into the canal in front. Incidentally we also provide buggies and cots.

The bedrooms have all been recently redecorated, and equipped with with comfortable hand made beds all with orthopaedic mattresses. Some have original hangings of Fortuny material, or William Morris wallpapers.


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Sitting rooms/areas are furnished with antiques or modern designer pieces. Kitchens are amply equipped for simple cooking.

Venice map

Situation: between the Ca´d´Oro vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal, and the Fondamenta Nuova, where the boats leave from to go to Torcello, Murano,etc.

The Piano Nobile

The Attic

The Mezzanino