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Traditional apartments in medieval 'palazzetto' - The 'South Studio' apartment

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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The 'South Studio' apartment

The lift takes you to the third floor where you enter an old style studio apartment, facing south with a wonderful view over the Frari Church and the State Archives. The night area has two beds and a chair bed. Main living room, kitchen with fridge and microwave oven, bathroom with shower, clothes washer, Wifi, satellite television, central heating.

About the property

1-2 - 3 - 6 bedrooms, 1- 2 - 5 bathrooms, sleep 1-14

Ca’ Badoer dei barbacani is a private 'palazzetto' located at the very heart of Venice. It offers a few self-catering apartments for rent on a weekly basis. The apartments are on the second 'piano nobile' and floors above, and enjoy open views - some over Church and canal. The interiors preserve a typically Venetian period feel, but combine this with modern comfort, first of all the use of a LIFT (elevator): 'no stairs to climb’. Some apartments have air conditioning, some satellite TVs, all have full equipment, linen, and weekly cleaning. The location, well known for the splendid Church of the Frari, is quiet and yet within walking distance of the Rialto and St. Mark’s. There are many local shops and restaurants, and close by at San Toma’ is the stop for public water-transport on the Grand Canal. The accommodation can also be rented as whole to suit a party of up to 14 people. For further details on the Whole Accommodation please click on 'full sized photographs' here below.

Special features and view: A long history! The palazzetto still preserves some original features belonging to a 10th/11th century house, then home to a branch of the Badoer, one of the most distinguished Venetian families. Re-designed by the Badoers towards the end of the 15th century, the medieval projecting pinions, or 'barbacani', have since become its identifying characteristic. In 1500 the house appeared in the “Bird’s eye view map of Venice” by Jacopo De Barbari. Overall, it stayed in the ownership of the Badoers for almost a millennium, till the end of the 19th Century.

Being a taller building than the surrounding houses, it enjoys plenty of light as well as far reaching views, going as far as the domes of the Salute and the Alps on a clear day. The view of the canal dei Frari and canal San Stin joining together under the bridge and also that of the Frari bell-tower in the moonlight are truly romantic sights.

Shopping and transport: The location is near the Church of the Frari, a well-known landmark to the “conoscenti”. The area is quiet, yet central; within easy reach of the Rialto, the Accademia and Saint Mark’s on foot, and quicker still by “vaporetto” from S. Toma’. Locally, cafes, restaurants, shops and markets are all close at hand, and so are two Universities, the State Archives of the “Serenissima” , patronised by international scholars, concert halls (concerts held in the Frari Church, as well as the two “Scuole” of S. Rocco and of St John the Evangelist), ... and paintings galore: the Frari Titians, the Tintorettos at San Rocco are just round the corner. Understandably, the local population are mostly professionals or academic-related. On the other hand, our visitors enjoy sight seeing - whether on foot, by gondola or by water-bus - shopping for designer fashion & antiques, visiting museums, attending concerts, gondola regattas, bathing at the Lido, painting or just writing books on Venice.

Sports: In Venice local rowing clubs and sailing clubs, such as the 'Compagnia della Vela', have a distinguished history. More water-sports, as well as golf, tennis and riding are available at the island of the Lido, where also bicycles can be hired. The beach at the Lido can be reached by direct water-bus service from San Toma’ in 3/4 hour. To secure a good beach cabin for the day, or half-day, an early morning start by water-bus is advisable. Early morning travel is not so crowded and the journey along the Grand Canal, then across the Lagoon to the Lido is an event in itself. The return journey in the evening, facing the sun setting behind the domes of Venice and the waters of the Lagoon come ablaze with colours is also something not to be missed.

More Details

Property Manager
Pietro & Ketty in Venice
Member since: 1996
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

2005; 'I don't know if you remember us, but we rented the ATTIC on FEB26-MAR05 and had a truly wonderful time! Thanks SOOO much for everything!! If you're interested in seeing some of the pictures we took while we were in Venezia, please visit this link'....

26 March - 1 April 2005 THE WHOLE ACCOMMODATION: 'Just a note to tell you that the apartments lived up to all our expectations and more! I loved every moment of my eight days in Venice, as did my colleagues. We are all suffering Venice withdrawal'.
Nov 2007
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Abingdon, VA

Best location in Venice

  • 5 of 5

Loved my stay at the South Studio - Ketty promptly met me as planned. An easy walk from Piazzale Roma parking area - 10 min. Loved the location next to the Frari church. Great grocery store around the corners, close to many cafe's and restaurants. Adored the bells and all the churches of Venice. Water pressure not great, but small price to pay for being in Venice - washing machine was very handy - loved hanging my clothes out the window - small kitchen and fridge an economical blessing. Ketty and Pietro efficient and great to work with! Go - Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location - great apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in the Attic Apt and it was fantastic! Ketty met us after a short walk from the train station and was super nice. The views over the rooftops were amazing and the location was great. The Frari Church was right next door and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. St. Tomas vaporetto stop about three minutes walk. All in all if you are going to be in Venice this is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful apartment next to the Frari Church

  • 5 of 5

We had a party of four and the location was easy to find. We walked from the train station in about 10-15 minutes. We renter the Family Apartment and it was really neat to stay in such a vintage building! The furnishings were nice and the apartment contained everything we needed. There is an elevator that helps with the luggage and for coming home after a ling day walking through Venice! There are plenty of restaurants nearby as well as grocery store. Highly recommend this location!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Rate apartment in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Fully matched its description; well maintained by attentive owners. We had the South studio which is perfect for a couple. The bathroom and kitchen were fairly old but in good working order (and will probably be upgraded soon). Located towards the edge of the main tourist district, within easy reach of main sights, local shops and restaurants. Would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakland, California

Everything We Needed and More

  • 5 of 5

We rented the “Family” apartment for eight nights in March/April 2014. It was perfectly suited to our needs. I was traveling with my aging parents, and having the lift was the biggest perk for them. No stairs! Working with the managers, Pietro and Ketty, throughout the reservation process was simple. They are always responsive and provide detailed information. During our stay, Ketty was responsive to a minor household need when I had a question. They are great people!

The apartment itself is a gem. While my parents wanted the lift – I wanted this kitchen. I travel to Venice a few times per year and love to cook. Everything I could think of was there for my use. Breakfast was had in the kitchen and dinner at the beautiful table in the salon was wonderful. There’s a lot of space and we weren’t cramped in one or two rooms for our stay. One advisement – the walls within the unit are thin, as is expected in such an ancient place where wall dividers have been erected to form these apartments. So while I could hear my parents in the next bedroom from my small one, we never heard ant noise from the other apartments in the building.

The location is perfect and very centrally located. You are a three minute walk from the vaporetto at San Toma, and a ten minute walk to the train station. A grocer is two minutes away, pharmacy around the corner, and plenty of bars and cafes for a quick meal or a coffee.

But the best, absolute BEST part of this apartment is the view from the windows. I delighted in waking up to the Frari church; hearing the bells throughout the day, and watching the birds along the rooflines of our neighborhood. It is so easily imaginable to transport yourself back hundreds of years in your mind while staying in this historic building. I will definitely be coming back.

Thank you Pietro and Ketty for your hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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manchester, england

wonderful time in de barbari room.

  • 5 of 5

ketty was so helpful and the room was exactly what we needed for a nice price. the location was perfect- away from the huge loud crowds in the san marco area, but close to many cafes and gelaterias and the vaporetto. the binder in the apartment had all the information we needed and ketty pointed us to the nearby grocery store.

as a result of staying here our trip to venice was much more affordable and comfortable!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Polo in Venice

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom -
  • The 'South Studio' can be linked with the 'Family' by opening a double door, to have a total of 2 bathrooms.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 1 doubles or 2 twins, 1 sofa-bed, the 'South Studio' can be linked with the 'Family' by opening a double door, to have a total of 8 beds.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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