An imaginatively attired attic near the house of legendary 13th-century explorer Marco Polo, on the cusp of 3 districts between Sant' Apostoli and Rialto.
Dating all the way back to 1500 (and beyond!) and situated beside the charming coral-coloured church of San Giovanni Grisostomo, this highly original haven opens its arms to laid-back living in characterful surroundings with rooftop terrace on the building's top 2 floors.
Dressed with oodles of artistic flair and an eye for the unusual with an eclectic furnishings and object d'art giving a distinctly creative vibe, the apartment has been restored under the guidance of an interior designer and located close to the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi and Teatro Malibran in an area once known for its silk trade.
The apartment comprises; on the 2nd Floor a strikingly attractive open-plan main living area consisting of a sitting/dining area and kitchenette set beneath sloping wooden eaves crafted from heat-treated fir.
Secret doors from the main room open to reveal La casa d'Oriente's 2 bedrooms: a charming principal bedroom dressed in hand-painted 'Japanese garden' wallpaper crafted in Shanghai, and furnished with a double bed, a delightful 2nd bedroom featuring Rubelli wallpaper mimicking a view of the Grand Canal, a single/day bed with an additional pull-out single bed beneath. Two separate bijou bathrooms – one with bathtub and the other with shower.
A set of steps rising from the main living area up to the rooftop; set high above the hubbub – a fabulous furnished ‘altana' rooftop terrace overlooking the large rose window on the facade of the church of San Giovanni Grisostomo and offering a magical atmosphere particularly on spring and summer evenings.
Stairs rising from the main living area up to the 3rd Floor where we find the ‘Zen' area of the apartment, ideal for meditation… an intimate space for relaxing beneath the beams.
A bohemian attic abode balancing the unconventional with the traditional.
Splendidly situated at the meeting point of 3 Venetian sestieri (districts) – Castello, Cannaregio and San Marco – a quick sidestep off one of the city's main arteries linking the Strada Nova/Sant' Apostoli to San Bartolomeo/Rialto and within walking distance of all the iconic sights and attractions of St. Mark's Square along with a host of Venetian gems, including the dainty jewel-box church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the house of Marco Polo (the latter situated just moments from your door).
Close to the mesmerising views on offer from the enormous rooftop terrace of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi luxury department store and from the Rialto Bridge (which crosses the Grand Canal to the Rialto food markets of San Polo), and to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants including the old favourites Osteria Al Portego and the semi-hidden and solidly traditional Osteria Il Milion.
Within a short stroll of the vaporetto (water bus) stop at Rialto for exploring the city, the ‘traghetto' gondola ferries crossing the Grand Canal at Santa Sofia and the Riva Del Carbon, and to 2 well-stocked supermarkets (a Coop and a Despar) also found along the bustling Riva Del Carbon.