Giudecca is an island lying just to the south of Venice and is an ideal location for exploring this lovely area of Northern Italy. Giudecca is itself made up of eight interconnected islands with wonderful views across to Venice. St Mark’s Square is just five minutes away by vaporetto and Giudecca is one minute’s ride away from Zattere and the Accademia. Offering peace and tranquility at the end of the day, with quiet gardens and squares, yet conveniently close to all the sights of Venice, an apartment in Giudecca is a great holiday option.
The charming village atmosphere around your apartment in Giudecca is due to the traditional way of life which is being pursued all around. Look out for the Zitelle church and close by, the Casa de Maria with large inverted shield-shaped windows and patterned brickwork.
Visit the fishmonger, the local bakery and the wine shop. Wine is sold here by the barrel – if you are staying awhile! Children play in the quiet squares and locals pause to chat. It is a great place to relax and unwind or eat al fresco in one of the local fish restaurants. You can walk the whole length of the north coast of the island to the 19th century Stucky Flour Mill at the far end.
Considered to be the most successful of architect Palladio’s churches, it was built in thanks for Venice’s deliverance from the great plague which raged in 1575-6. The July Festival connects the church by a chain of boats to St Mark’s Square. The festival ends with a spectacular firework display.
The view across the Giudecca Canal to St Mark’s Basin and the Doge’s Palace has been a favourite view of artists for many years. Enjoy browsing the galleries and choose a watercolour or oil painting of the area as a beautiful reminder of your stay in Giudecca.
The whole purpose of staying in an apartment in Giudecca is to conveniently explore the unique city of Venice. Sit at the famous Café Florian in St Mark’s Square and take in the sights of the Basilica of San Marco and the Campanile, or bell tower. Enjoy the live music which is performed nearby. A visit to the Doge’s Palace is a must to see the sumptuous state rooms. Walk across the canal inside the Bridge of Sighs or sail beneath it in a gondola. Visit the historic shops and market stalls around the Rialto Bridge before returning each day to your apartment in Giudecca.
Winters in Giudecca are generally mild, with occasional freezing at night. From the end of April to mid October the climate is warm and sunny with average summer temperatures reaching 28C (83F). The area around Venice gets around 2 inches of rain per month throughout the summer, with dryer winter months.
The nearest airport to your self catering villa at Giudecca is 17km away. The Marco Polo International airport receives many low cost flights from all over the UK and Europe.