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Jewel Box in an 18th Century Palazzetto with Garden

Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy
  • House
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

The palazzetto has a private garden and is located in a charming campiello with a fountain and a lively neighborhood cafe. It is 10 minutes from the Accademia Bridge. Two vaporetto stops are nearby. It is near the Church of San Nicolo' dei Mendicoli, one of the oldest in Venice, and near the venerable school of Architecture at Universita' Ca' Foscari. This is a vibrant Venetian neighborhood, where savvy travelers can immerse themselves in Venetian life.

The palazzetto is completely restored with careful attention to traditional Venetian materials and architectural details. The third floor entrance features traditional Venetian tiles in Sienna red and cream with beautiful wood floors throughout the apartment. The beamed ceilings in this house make staying here an authentic Venetian experience. Selected pieces of my painting and photography collection are on display. An antique Venetian mirror hangs in the salotto.

Up 10 steps from the second floor, with its own private entrance, the third floor sleeps 2-4 people. It occupies the entire floor of the building providing a light and airy atmosphere with good cross ventilation. The Master bedroom has a Double bed OR two singles and features beautiful etched windows. It overlooks the private garden and is very quiet. The European style lavender mosaic bathroom has elegant appointments. The marble kitchen is in one corner of the salotto. This room with two day beds and a crystal dining table for 6, is spacious and has its own elegant gray bath across the private hall. You have a view out the double windows of the Riello and the local life that passes through it. A stay in this truly beautiful space pampers and enfolds you in the luxury of Venice.

The house manager will greet you and acquaint you with the neighborhood and residents so you feel at home right away.

Weekly maid service included.

Please view the Second Floor of this house (Sleeps 4-5) on the site (Listing #192494) or the piano terra (Lisitng #956918) The three apartments are separate, but can be rented together to accommodate a group of 11.


Barbara Muselli

Member Since 2007
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english, russian, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Barbara Muselli

When my husband-to-be first showed me Venice, 37 years ago, I fell in love with the city and knew I would have to live there some day. Now my dream is a reality. Come share it with me.

Barbara Muselli purchased this House in 1999

What makes this House unique

If you would like to see the real Venice this is the perfect home and neighborhood for you. This house and garden is your chance to experience the daily rhythm of this floating paradise.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)


        • 2 Bathrooms


              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Catering Available
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Stereo


                                      • Lawn / Garden


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • live theater
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services


                                                          • Private garden, private entrance, maid service included in price, library, concierge service available.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: Flexible

                                                            Check-out: Flexible

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            7 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Real Venice

                                                            stacey s.Spring Valley

                                                            This was our first trip to Venice and we didn't care where we stayed as long as it was comfortable, quiet, and affordable. This place sounded perfect, and we were happy that we received such quick emails from Barbara explaining how to get there and answering any questions. So -- here are the pro's and con's of our visit.


                                                            It is blissfully quiet. No partying or stomping around of other tenants. It rained the whole time we were there so we were unable to sit in the tiny sliver garden downstairs, but it was very private and we would have enjoyed that.

                                                            Our bed was heavenly -- soft sheets, great pillows, lots of blankets to choose from. We slept VERY well while we were there (and we were only there for 3 nights).

                                                            Barbara has some great books -- they perch in many places and in many rooms. I wished I could have stayed longer just to read some of them!

                                                            The apartment is eclectically decorated, which we enjoyed. The windows could be opened and you could see slivers of the Venice rooftops -- lovely.

                                                            Her directions and suggestions were spot on -- and the person waiting for us was very sweet and friendly. She was worried that she didn't know enough English to explain, but she was excellent!

                                                            The two bathrooms are beautiful! You take a shower and it gets everything else wet -- we thought this was a novelty and fun!

                                                            Our son (who was 11) slept nicely in the living room -- we had to make up his bed, which meant moving a few hundred (just kidding) pillows, but that was fine.

                                                            Had we needed to cook, the kitchen had everything needed --small, but who cares!

                                                            The apartment is in a more residential area, but we walked everywhere with no problem, and that is with my husband who had just badly injured his foot and was using a cane. There was a corner cafe that we spent some time in just around the corner and it/they were lovely.

                                                            A washer and dryer to use! That was wonderful!


                                                            This was not really a "con" for us, as we enjoyed this bit. But if you have trouble with stairs, this is neither the city or the apartment for you. Fortunately, we thought it was fun and just added to the romance of our adventure there are two steep flights going up to the apartment. But for someone with bad knees or poor health, this could be a detriment.

                                                            The final thing is that the owner asked if she could rip up the $200 deposit check. My husband said no, to please send it. And she never did. So we had to put a stop on it, which was disappointing.

                                                            A great stay, most recommended!

                                                            Marianna S.Brooklyn, NY

                                                            After having a wonderful stay on the second floor of the building several years ago, when I made my return trip to Venice I wanted to give the third floor a try. My favorite aspects of this property is that it offers things other hotels/apartments in Venice do not. Off the beaten path, the apartment is in a quiet neighborhood of the city while still maintaining close proximity to some key Venice sights. Campo Santa Margarita, perhaps one of the most popular squares in the city, is five minutes away and is a great place to grab a bite to eat or a spritz. The apartment has a washer and a dryer, a generous book and music library, garden, and a small kitchen. It is immaculately clean, and the owner provides a plenty of towels and linens. A caveat to some travelers- the stairs to the apartment can be tricky to navigate if you are older or have any physical limitations. While smaller than the second floor, I highly recommend the third floor for its comfort, charm, and character!

                                                            Awesome Venice apt rental, feels like you're a part of the neighborhood!

                                                            Alicia B.Seattle WA

                                                            My friend and I rented this apartment in late December of 2010, we loved it. Very clean, well equipped, bright, open, quiet and had everything we needed. The caretaker was very nice and showed us around the apartment. We particularly liked being a part of the neighborhood and even though we were only there 5 days we often greeted by the locals while we were coming and going. The grocery story is a quick/easy walk and has everything you need. There are several good places to eat just steps away. This is a great base location to explore and enjoy Venice. Recommendation – print aerial view maps of the neighborhood when you get the apartment directions. We arrived a night and this was big help in navigating.

                                                            To Venice with Aloha

                                                            Rich M.Oahu, Hawaii

                                                            We took this trip to Venice over Christmas to meet up with our son who is studying in nearby Slovenia. We spent 15 days in this wonderful 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. It was away from the main attractions of Piazza San Marco, Ponte di Rialto and the Grand Canal and that was perfect! Literally within walking distance to everything, (including the aforementioned sites) it proved to be a perfect location! It was quiet in the mornings and evenings and that was great! Upon leaving the apartment, we were only 5 minutes away from Campo Santa Margherita where we could get everything we could possibly want (bread, vegetables, fruits, pizza, cafes, fish market, shopping, etc...) We were also just minutes away in the opposite direction from the Zattere which was wonderful for strolling, cafes, pictures and also very convenient to Billas Supermarket for foods and drinks to stock the apartment.

                                                            Dealing with Barbara was nothing but pleasant from the very beginning. Immediate response upon initiating my inquiry and I really felt like she provided great service as we made arrangements to secure the apartment for our trip. The apartment itself is perfect for a wonderful stay in Venice. My teenage daughter enjoyed having her own space in the evenings when we returned back to our "home". The kitchen is great for some light meals and for coffee and breakfast in the mornings. While it was cold in Venice (especially for this Hawaii family), the apartment was quite warm and very comfortable for us. Truly a wonderful experience for our family who traveled so far from home. Highly recommended for your stay in Venice, you won't be disappointed - this is a great apartment! A great big Mahalo (thank you) Barbara, and we are already discussing our return to Venice perhaps for my daughter's high school graduation trip!


                                                            Highly recommended (July 2011- Scottsdale, AZ and Orange County, CA - USA)

                                                            DaniScottsdale, AZ

                                                            The apartment is located in a quaint district away from the tourist areas where you can experience life like the locals. A grocery store, local restaurants, cafes and to-go pizza are all in walking distance. The apartment has everything you need to cook in and a large patio to eat outside. The public water taxi is close to the grocery to take you around if necessary. Getting lost is inevitable and so much fun exploring areas not on the map. Some of our favorite things we visited in Venice were St. Nicolo’s church located behind the flat that dates back to 700 AD and may be the oldest church in Venice. The bar at the top of the Hyatt has incredible 180 degree views of Venice and last, Dogge’s Palace in St. Marcos square was breathtaking! Drink lots of Prosecco and take in the region’s best food!

                                                            Sehr schöne und ruhige Unterkunft!

                                                            nicola s.

                                                            Wir haben uns im Apartment sehr wohl gefühlt, es liegt ruhig und hat alles was man braucht. Bars und Cafés in der unmittelbaren Umgebung, das Zattere-Ufer zum abendlichen Spaziergang und schnell ist man an der nächsten Vaporetto-Station.


                                                            Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy

                                                            Minutes away from lively Campo Santa Margherita full of restaurants, bars and Venetians. Near the University of Architecture. 10 mins from the San Basilio and Accademia Vaporetto stops.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            No smoking in the house or garden.

                                                            7 Reviews
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