Venice is one of the few places, where I can come back over and over again. Though I didn't expect it to happen so soon, I spent in Venice last New Year's Eve with my whole family including my parents. We stayed at the Gritti Palace, and only some months after that I got an invitation from Katharina Allès Trauttmansdorff, founder of villa rentals company Trust&Travel to an Instagram event, she was hosting, and the participants were invited to stay in a private palazzo that just neigbours the Gritti Palace, Ca'nova Palazzo. The beautiful property is located directly at Venice's Grand Canal just across the Santa Maria della Salute basilica and the Punta della Dogana museum, and offers for rental three spacious apartments elegantly decorated with a colour palette inspired by 17th and 18th century frescoes of Venice. Ca'nova features antique terrazzo floors, large mirrors and marble bathrooms, colourful Venetian glass and beautiful antiques. It has a private jetty with the magnificent entrance hall, where guests can be dropped off by water taxi. Canella, the largest apartment, can easily sleep 7 people, and next time I would definitely prefer to stay here than in any hotel, it's so much nicer to be able to spend time together and not to visit each other's room in the evenings...
These 3 days were full of interesting events, Katharina made our programme to its maximum - we met local artisans, visited numerous museums and galleries, including Damien Hirst's "Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable", went shopping fish and vegetables to Realto market, enjoyed ombra and cicchetti at cosy local bars ("Bacaris") and had fabulous dinners! Do you want to know what "ombra and cicchetti" is? then you need to read this article. And in general, if you are going to visit Italy soon (and not just Venice), I recommend to read Katharina's blog, it's full of interesting facts and useful insider information.
Another highlight of our "living like a local" experience was visiting "Casa Miani", the eclectic Venetian house of Ilaria Miani, renowned Italian interior designer. Situated in the residential Castello, one of the six districts ("sestieri") of central Venice, which is actually 15 minutes of walk to San Marco, the property boasts unique architectural features and extra space. Ilaria is famous for her ability to juxtapose the original ancient features with modern furnishings thus creating exquisite contemporary design. Casa Miani (the Campo San Pietro) is also available for renting.
Campo San Pietro - Venetian waterfront palazzo for design lovers
I can highly recommend both properties, and hope to come back to Venice one day again!