Self catering apartments in Rome and Venice

The Attic

70 sq m

This was just the roof space. Persistence gets one everywhere Fifteen projects later, all rejected by, if it wasn´t the Historic Monuments it was the health office and if wasn´t either, it was the architect and if it wasn´t him, the builder, we now have what Vogue calls a bijou res with, among other ammenities arguably the most comfortable double bed in the world.

Since, having restored the apartment we were pretty well going to have to remove the roof to get the bed in, we thought we might just as well have, so to speak the mother of all beds, a Lazzarini Pickering, designer , plus its own little bridge for your breakfast tray, etc etc . Another room with three beds, galley kitchen and bathroom under the eaves completes the apartment.

We call this the honeymoon flat. It is wildy romantic not least because of the splendid row of windows along the length of the south facade facing due south over a crossroads of two canals , the Canale Santa Caterina and the Rio diCa´Dolce.

The attic is on the second floor of the listed gothic palazzetto, up a staircase of 50 steps (there is no lift). Built in the mid fifteenth century this palazzetto was a copy of the Ca´d´Oro by an admiring but less successful merchant than the merchant on the Grand Canal, this charming building is particularly well sited, with open views on all sides.

All the windows of the attic flat look due south straight across the canal of Santa Caterina just at the cross junction of another canal- the Rio di Ca´Dolce. This is truly one of Venice´s most beautiful and exceptional views, high up, wide open , and with the sun sparkling on the water and reflecting the waves on the ceiling of the main sitting area.


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The flat enjoys a fresh breeze even on the hottest days. This comes from the Fondamenta Nuova, where ordinary public transport boats can be taken to visit the lagoon and the islands.

1 double bed, 3 single beds, plus spacious open sitting/ dining area.

In all, there are three rooms, 2 double bedrooms and a dining sitting area. All windows face directly onto the canal, due south from a very pretty angle high up; the flat is very sunny.There is no lift; the attic is reached by walking 40 steps up the staircase from the main hall on the ground floor.

Accomodation is 70 square metres and consists of two double bedrooms, ample open plan sitting /dining area with beams; long corridor with a hammock for relaxing ; bathroom /WC; galley kitchen and lots and lots of cupboard space. Fully restored.

Beds are made for your arrival, and stripped when you leave. All linen and bath linen supplied.