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The Venetian Defence

  • 5 guests

  • 3 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

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From the moment you arrive at this decadent palazzo, perched in one of the finest locations in the city along the Grand Canal, you feel like Venetian royalty. Taking you back to the era of masquerade balls, the baroque-style living room has nothing to hide behind, with bespoke furnishings, ornate rugs, and a dazzling crystal chandelier – to stay here is to move into a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. The sunshine peeks in through stunning Murano glass encased in gothic archway windows, bathing the living space in natural light. Each room is filled with magnificent features – think fresco ceilings, regal portraits and opulent touches. We particularly love the communal courtyard that shows off the Venician architecture with endless charm. Since Piazza San Marco is only an eighteen-minute walk away, you’re surrounded by the delights of Venice. Visit the historic St. Mark’s Basilica, amble around the Palazzo Ducale, climb the Campanile bell tower, or take a glamorous gondola ride through the entire city – all reachable in less than a twenty minute's walk. Retreat to your eloquent palace, relaxing on the sun-dappled balcony, sipping a spritz Veneziano as the vaporettos cruise down the canal.


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What to expect


Highlights

Explore the delights of Venice

Explore the delights of Venice

Take in stunning views of the Grand Canal and the gondalas passing by from the balcony

Take in stunning views of the Grand Canal and the gondalas passing by from the balcony

Enjoy the bespoke furnishings and ornate pieces of art in the grande living room and dining areas

Enjoy the bespoke furnishings and ornate pieces of art in the grande living room and dining areas

Admire the beautiful, one-of-a-kind ceiling in the dining room

Admire the beautiful, one-of-a-kind ceiling in the dining room

Wake up to views of the surrounding Venetian architecture from the bedrooms

Wake up to views of the surrounding Venetian architecture from the bedrooms

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Home truths

    The double beds in both the master and second bedroom can be made into single beds – please inform the host of your preference prior to arrival

    If you're bringing a little one, baby cots can be provided by the host on request

    Self-check-in with a key lock box means that you can arrive at the apartment at whatever time suits you best

    The kitchen lacks basic cleaning supplies, so you might want to bring your own

About this stay


Amenities

Ski-in and ski-out

Desk / workplace

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Washing machine

Hot tub

Bedrooms & bathrooms

3 bedrooms, 4 beds

2 bathrooms

Extras


VIP services

Airport pick up

Arrange a chef

Daily cleaning

Laundry and dry cleaning

Restaurant reservations

Tickets and experience booking

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Rialto

Rialto is right in the middle of Venice’s other main districts – it doesn't really get more central than this. It’s a favourite with tourists, particularly as its less hectic than San Marco (this is all relative though – everywhere in Venice is packed). It’s intersected by many small intertwining canals, which make for good views and plenty of opportunity for gondola rides, if that's your cup of tea. Perhaps...

Explore the area

Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Visit the Basilica dei Frari

Visit the Basilica dei Frari

Drink in the atmosphere of one of the most important churches in Venice, where the master painter Titian is buried.

4 min
Sip on a Spritz at Bacareto da Lele

Sip on a Spritz at Bacareto da Lele

Bacareto da Lele is a typical Venice bar with a relaxed vibe where you can join locals from the university enjoying a snack and a drink.

10 min
Explore Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Explore Scuola Grande di San Rocco

The 'scuolas' of Venice were cultural associations, and San Rocco was once the richest one. The opulent insides include frescoes by Tintoretto and more.

5 min
Eat traditional at Osteria la Zucca

Eat traditional at Osteria la Zucca

Vegetarian food in Venice isn't usually much to write home about, but this place is the best of the bunch (even its name means pumpkin).

11 min
Cross the canal on the Rialto bridge

Cross the canal on the Rialto bridge

There's a reason it's so famous (and so crowded). You might feel apprehensive about the mass of people as you approach, but trust us, it's worth it.

10 min
Enjoy a Cosy Morning at Caffè del Doge

Enjoy a Cosy Morning at Caffè del Doge

A charming café tucked away in a calm alleyway, Caffè del Doge offers a wide variety of coffee beans from around the world. Start your day with a delicious espresso and pastry while enjoying the friendly service and cozy atmosphere.

8 min
Enjoy traditional cicchetti and wine at Cantina Do Spade

Enjoy traditional cicchetti and wine at Cantina Do Spade

A cosy, wood-panelled bar serving delicious light bites, pastas and a variety of wines by the glass. Friendly staff and a lively atmosphere make it a great spot for tourists and locals alike.

9 min
Explore the Museum of 18th-century Venice at Ca' Rezzonico

Explore the Museum of 18th-century Venice at Ca' Rezzonico

Step into the grandeur of Venice's wealthy past at Ca' Rezzonico. Admire magnificent frescoes, beautiful art and furniture, and a charming garden playground. A must-see museum along the Grand Canal.

7 min
Relax in Giardini Papadopoli

Relax in Giardini Papadopoli

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this tranquil park. With plenty of shade, benches, and a canal view, it's the perfect spot to unwind.

11 min

Get around

Airport

Venice Marco Polo

25 min

Treviso

38 min

Train station

Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia

14 min

Bus stop

Venezia B1

12 min

Local shops & services

Supermarket

5 min

Cafe

5 min

Pharmacy

2 min

Points of interest

Beach

Venezia Spiagge (S.P.A.)

1 hr 41 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Children welcome (1-12 years)

No pets

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 14:00

Departure before 10:00

On floor 1, steps only

Wifi speed: 48Mbps

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    24

    hours

    Cancel at least 24 hours before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 24 hours away.

Host


This home is managed by Michele Barison

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Annalisa is a self-acclaimed globetrotter who loves supporting her guests every step of the way when they stay in her home. She'll be ready and waiting should you need travel advice, local tips or maps to assist you on your trip.

Registration or licence number: M0270422410.

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