...to give a special charm to your holiday. Autumn—Winter
Located in a gentle hilly landscape. Spring—Summer
“Paola is a charming, elegant and passionate Venetian grandma” — Ryan
“She was welcoming, her home is beautiful and she makes a great authentic breakfast every day and her cat is amazing!” — Anand
“Paola was a very generous host and we managed to work around our language barrier with ease” — Tracye
“Cortesia, eleganza e sapore di altri tempi” — Barbara
“Un posto per chi vuole apprezzare l'eleganza veneziana” — D.
“Lovely big room and close to the sights. Amazing breakfast” — Lucinda
If you are appealed by the idea of entering a genuine Venetian home, in no way artificial but quite spontaneous in style as it is the result of the life of generations, the landlady will be happy to offer you accommodation in this historical palace dating back to the 16th century, where the magic silence of Venice will protect your rest, where you will start your day having enjoyed a carefully prepared breakfast served on a table covered with an antique cloth and with antique China and silverware - all family memories that together with grandmother’s bed linen are there to give a special charm to your holiday.
The Palazzo was built in 1477 by Senatore Marcantonio Morosini, buried in the nearby church of San Francesco della Vigna, and it is mentioned in guide-books on Venice. Guests are accommodated on the second floor of the Palazzo, in a large, sunny apartment with a view over the roofs and church towers of the city. The traditional architectural features of the house have been preserved, including very high ceilings and the original Venetian floors, the same as those in use in the age of the Doges.The apartment is decorated with mostly antique furniture and carpets, including an outstanding Murano chandelier and a collection of glass items.
In the vast living room you will find the landlady’s collection of historical texts and guidebooks, including antique volumes, that are at the disposal of guests for reference. The continental breakfast is varied and carefully prepared and it is served in the landlady’s personal sitting room. There are two bedrooms: a triple and a double one, with an adjacent room that can be used as changing room, for breakfast served separately, or even as single bedroom with an additional bed arranged upon request. All the rooms give onto a wide and airy hallway at the end of which there are two fully equipped bathrooms. The room facing the "calle" (street) is near the bathroom, while the other one (overlooking an internal garden) opens onto the corridor.
Palazzo Morosini dalla Sbarra is located in the most ancient quarter of the city (Sestiere Castello), quite near Sestiere San Marco. From the house you can reach St. Mark's square within minutes on foot. The important churches of San Francesco della Vigna and Saint Giovanni and Paolo are nearby; paintings by Carpaccio can be seen at San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and the historical Arsenale is only a few minutes' walk away - there you can see the ancient shipyard where the ships of the Venetian Republic La Serenissima were built. In a leisurely twenty-minute walk along the "laguna" you will be able to see the gardens of the Biennale Art Exhibition and in approximately the same time you can reach the galleries of the Accademia or Palazzo Grassi.
If you arrive by train or by car you can reach the house using public transport - a "vaporetto", which will also take you to the Lido (seaside and Cinema Exhibition) and to the northern part of the "laguna" with its islands (a visit to the kilns and glass museum of Murano; the lace making district and extraordinary colours of Burano and the Romanesque remains in Torcello). "Alilaguna" is the shuttle service from the airport, which stops within a ten-minute walk from the house.
Would you like to visit the holiday resorts of the ancient Venetian aristocracy? Then why don't you come and see the Palladian Villas in the Vicenza countryside? Like the castles along the Loire and the Rhine, they are a destination for tourists from all over the world. Paola's second home is a Bed and Breakfast located in a gentle hilly landscape where you can really relax in the midst of the quiet, green countryside.
In this vacation rental you can have your breakfast on the patio after you have swum in the large swimming pool surrounded by a garden full of flowers. It has the charm of a typical ancient farmhouse, from which you can easily reach all the Villas as well as the cities of Vicenza, Padua and Verona (an hour's drive at the most) and Venice (a one day tour). It is an ideal holiday location for a group and it can function as meeting point for friends and relatives from all over the world.
“I tre camini” is an ancient farmhouse, that was renovated but that maintains all the features of rural dwellings typical of the Vicenza countryside – wooden beams, brick and wooden floors and fireplaces. There are also hundred-year-old mulberry-trees, needed to feed the silkworms, as the silk industry existed in the area until a century ago.
The vacation rental is decorated with a mixture of modern and antique pieces of furniture and it becomes particularly attractive when the weather gets bad and the kitchen stove and the fireplaces are lit. Normally, however, you will be able to eat in the garden, under the verandah (“Tesa”). The garden and swimming pool with changing-room and shower are at the disposal of the guests, while the rear garden is reserved for the owner. The house can accommodate up to six people – there are three large double bedrooms where additional beds can be arranged. There are two bathrooms. It is possible to have a triple bedroom with a private bathroom on the ground floor, with easy access for a pram. You won’t be disturbed either by noise or traffic. The house is surrounded by private land and there are no parking problems (there is covered parking for two cars).
“I tre camini” lies in the southern-most part of the Berici Hills, near the famous thermal area of the Euganei Hills; it is only 30 minutes away by car from Vicenza, 45 minutes from Padua and only an hour from Verona, where you can enjoy opera at the Arena or take your children to Gardaland. Este with its important museum and the walled town of Montagnana are nearby.
Here in Villa del Ferro a car is necessary because just a very basic transport service exists in the area. Coming from Milan you’ll need two hours to arrive and five from Rome – upon booking guests are given precise directions as to the route. “I tre camini” is only a five-minute drive away from the nearest village where you can find a supermarket, pharmacy, car mechanic, bank and a post office; there are also many restaurants. Finally the Palladian Villas: the famous “Rotonda”, Villa Pojana, Rocca Pisana, Villa Pisani, Villa Cordellina and Villa Loschi Zileri are all between 15 and 60 minutes away by car.
Contact Paola for informations, prenotations, and prices.
Bed linen and towels are changed every three days, tidying up and cleaning are carried out every day.
Vacation rental offered. Information is available on horse-riding, golf courses, night concerts in the Villas, local festivals, exhibitions, wine and food itineraries, wine cellars and antique markets.
If you deside so, you can ask Paola to buy what you need in advance and you will find the provisions when you arrive (price not included in the rate). The house is opened from mid June to late August.