I mentioned in an earlier post that we have a fabulous flat in Venice. Per numerous requests, here are some photos of it:
Just off a square, there’s this locked gate:
To the right, you go up a few flights of stairs to the flat. The staircase has a little natural light from windows on one side. Originally, there would have been an open space in the middle of the stairs, so that you could see up or down, but now there’s an elevator shaft filling that space.
Because of the elevator, the stairwell now ranges from dim to totally dark. There are lights, but they are on timers. If they go out while you’re walking up, just look for a small glowing button by any of the apartment doors and push it. The lights will come on long enough for you to make it to your flat.
When you do get to the flat, you’ll find that it has been renovated and has all the mod cons.
The first room is the kitchen:
The kitchen is well stocked, including a good pasta pot, a panini maker, and a Parmesan grater. Priorities, si. The fridge is hidden in that tall cabinet in the left corner and the dishwasher and washing machine are camouflaged behind other cabinets.
From the kitchen, you walk into the living room:
And here’s the view from the window in the living room:
Take a look at the shutters on the windows in the photo above, as well as the one of the balcony. They’re on all the windows in our flat too, and I’ve seen them on pretty much every residential building in the city. They are heavy wood and apparently people shut them for privacy and for insulation. They darken a room effectively, that’s for sure.
From the living room, there’s a small hall, with this bedroom on the left:
Across the hall from the large bedroom is a nice, but cozy bathroom. I didn’t take any photos that turned out well, so trust me when I tell you that the bathroom is very modern and very well done, including a wonderful heated towel rack.
At the end of the hall is this cozy bedroom, which is about half the size of the other one:
This room, though small, is very comfortable. Even better, it has a huge bathroom that is modern and sleek. Think slate floors and walls, a large walk-in shower with a glass wall, and a heated towel rack.
The walls and ceiling of this bedroom are painted trompel’oeil to look like you are in a pavilion or tent:
The windows look out a different direction than the other bedroom and into a different garden:
When I am in bed at night, I can hear boats on the canal just outside, church bells ringing, and seagulls. Italian seagulls sound different from American ones. I can’t explain it, but I’m pretty sure they’re seagull-talking in Italian. You can tell they are gesticulating wildly with their wings while they communicate with their friends.
So that’s the flat. We found it on Airbnb and highly recommend it. Actually, we recommend both: the flat and Airbnb.
We’re headed to Munich today. I’ll talk to you all again soon.