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Dream of Venice: Live the dream in your own Venetian apartment

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

“If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined. Venice is—Venice is better.”

~ Fran Lebowitz

After a long day of exploring in Venice, imagine what a pleasure it will be to return home to your own apartment in Castello, La Serenissima’s most authentic neighborhood. You’ll get a taste of the real Venice while enjoying a can’t-miss location. Our comfortable apartment provides the perfect home base for exploring the city, and a welcome respite from the crowds. It’s well stocked with everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

Our quiet, light-filled apartment has a comfortable and efficient floor plan. The apartment is about 600 square feet. The spacious “matrimoniale” bedroom features a romantic canopy bed, a desk, and lots of storage for your clothes. There’s a small room that can be used as an office or a small single bedroom, and a little loft, accessed by a spiral staircase, with a desk, some games, and bookshelves full of guidebooks and novels… a perfect nook to hide out and read.

The apartment is one building back from the Riva dei Sette Martiri, a wide, sunny walkway that runs along the waterfront all the way to St. Mark’s Square, just 10 minutes from your door, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist track. It's a short, picturesque walk to Venice’s major sights, as well as some of the city’s lesser-known charms, and close to both the Arsenale and Giardini vaporetto stops.

The airy open kitchen and living room area are perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine while your dinner simmers on the stove. The kitchen has good pans and knives, a four-burner stove, refrigerator and freezer, microwave, and a dishwasher. Everything you need to prepare meals is at hand, once you're done shopping for fresh fish and produce, either at the famous Rialto market or the local markets on nearby Via Garibaldi, where you'll find all the local shops and services you need. The living room couch also folds out to a double bed, so the apartment can sleep four. There is one bathroom with a shower over the tub.

There's no elevator to this top-floor flat, but your reward for climbing the 58 steps is lovely views and fresh breezes.

We have wifi and a land line.

Please note that we have a three-night minimum stay requirement and we do not make exceptions.

Marcel Proust wrote “When I went to Venice, my dream became my address.” So why not find yourself at home in Venice?

But don't just take our word for it. Here are some comments from recent guests:

“Thank you so much for providing us with a perfectly wonderful place to stay!”

“Our stay was amazing! The flat was wonderfully cozy, and in a wonderful location.”

“We enjoyed staying here tremendously! The location could not be better.”

“Thank you for all your help and advice. It is lovely to feel so at home when in fact we are on the other side of the world.”

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 2018

About Linda

We fell in love with Venice many years ago, and long dreamed of living here.

Linda purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Linda chose Castello

Charles Dickens summed it up well: 'Nothing in the world that you ever heard of Venice is equal to the magnificent and stupendous reality.' Owning a home here was the realization of our dream.

What makes this apartment unique

Our neighborhood is non-touristy, so you can sample Venetian life. Walk along the waterfront, stroll through the gardens, or stop at one of the terrific local stores for fresh product, handmade pasta, or some of the best gelato in town -- all without battling crowds. We consistently hear from people who have stayed in our apartment how much they love the neighborhood.


Castello Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1: The bed is what Italians call a 'matrimoniale' bed, 160 cm. wide, about two inches wider than a standard US queen. Bedroom 2: This room has one single bed. We also have a pack-and-play style crib available on request. The living room has a sleeper sofa for visitors which can sleep two, but the apartment is better suited for no more than four people. Alternately, the loft is a good sleeping option for families with two kids, as long as they're not too young to negotiate the small spiral stairway.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Housekeeping is limited to the final cleaning at the end of your stay; daily housekeeping is not available.


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Dream of Venice: Live the dream in your own Venetian apartment
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 43 reviews
Garden grove California

Great location well maintained

  • 4 of 5

The property is at a great location and all you need is there. The only item is the three stories to get there with big suitcases but once settled down it was great. Lots of restaurants near by, a beautiful park. And simple acces from the airport to the apartment . Only 15 eauros on the ferry that comes directly from the airport directly to the stop where the unit is at.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sydney Australia

Unbeatable location

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Dream of Venice. The location is perfect, easy to get everywhere by vapporetto. It is lovely to look out on the park, a rarity in Venice, and listen to the sounds of watercraft going by late at night. The coffee shop round the corner on the waterfront is highly recommended for breakfast. Best coffee in Venice.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very inviting, great natural light, beautiful view & so comfortable. It felt like being at home.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was up dated nicely. It had the conveniences of home. Kitchen had coffee, teas, sugar, spices if you want to cook. Fully stocked with dishes, utencils etc.Bed is very comfortable. Clothes washer a plus. We used dryer rack & outside side clothes line, just like the neighbors! The bathroom updated with a nice tub to soak after much walking & site seeing. Shower head also if shower is preferable, careful not to splash water on floor as the shower curtain did not go all the way around.

(There is a mop though to mop the floor.)

Hair dryer another plus, with the adapter to 220Volt included. Before we signed on for this beautiful apartment the owner did let us know there are 56 steps from first floor to apartment.

With all the delicious food, wine we enjoyed, the steps were not an issue for us. Behind apartment there is a park to sit & enjoy the sights & sounds of daily living in Venice. The shops are great too. St. Mark's Square a short walk, maybe 15 minute walk or less. One evening we listened to Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by stringed, quintet of college students at an auditorium not far from the apartment. It was only 25 euro per person. Their performance was superb! In the evenings about 9 or 10 pm. we strolled the streets & found a couple of local bars to enjoy a glass of wine & take it all in---live in the moment. Awesome experience! Owner has site seeing books to borrow & also instructions on everything in apartment that you need to know.

We totally enjoyed our stay & recommend if climbing stairs up to apt is not an issue.

Ben & Gloria ~ April 2017

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful stay in Venezia

  • 5 of 5

Castello flat is superbly located and extremely comfortable. Amenities were as advertised but larger than we expected from the photos. We enjoyed full days of sightseeing from our base and then peace and relaxation in the evenings. We loved buying provisions in the nearly Via Garibaldi and cooked up some great vegan meals in the well-appointed kitchen. The soaker tub was a bonus after our lengthy walks through this amazing city. Truly a home away from home. Owner was very helpful and accessible. Mille grazie!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place in Venice near Girabaldi St. and St. Mark's

  • 5 of 5

I loved that the apartment was just far enough away from the St. Mark's to make it easy to get there but still be able to visit the streets inhabited by locals. When you head out of the apartment and turn toward your right there is a lovely street at the end of the alley which we adored visiting. Linda was so easy to work with as far as the rental and offered many many inside tips to help us navigate the sites we wanted to visit. Lovely experience! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Savannah, Georgia, United States

What a wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Linda's home, and Linda was the BEST! She provided so much helpful information - before the trip and in her home. My 23-year-old daughter stayed up in the loft and fell in love with it. My friends and I absolutely felt like we were in the best location - so close to everything but far from the crowds. We loved wandering the roads and just getting "lost". Linda also left some great tips regarding Venice in her home, and we really appreciated that. This was one of our favorite homes that we stayed in, and I would highly recommend it. Thank you for everything, Linda! Please thank your friend, David, also!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

There is an additional cleaning fee of 50 euros for two people, 60 euros for three or four people.

Ask about discounts on stays longer than one week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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