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Traditional apartments in medieval 'palazzetto' - The 'Attic' apartment

Bedrooms Studio
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights



The 'Attic' apartment

The lift takes you to the 4th floor, to the front door of the apartment; a short staircase leads to the beautiful and characteristic Attic apartment on the 5th floor, with angledbeamed ceilings and filled with original old style furniture. The living room has a dining table and chairs and has two sleeping areas off it, one with a double/twin bed and one with a single bed, a complete kitchen, bathroom with shower and whb, self contained heating system, air conditioning for the summer months, satellite TV, WiFi and telephone. From this apartment you can enjoy wonderful views in three directions over the rooftops of Venice, including an impressive view of the Church of the Frari.

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 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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Rental payments are in Euros.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in San Polo in Venezia-Murano-Burano

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • 1 room with 3 beds: 1 double/twin and a single.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

The 'Attic' apartment
average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Central location, great for walking of all areas. Many lovely resturants, the last one was Lebanese which was excellent for last night in venice

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic apartment in the heart of Venice

  • 5 of 5

We (family of 3) stayed in the Attic apartment in July 2016 and we all loved it. Cannot recommend this place enough - if you are in Venice forget about hotel - stay in Ca’ Badoer dei barbacani!!!

Fantastic place, an old building with character with very well equipped apartments. - perfect location close to all main Venice attraction. The Attic apartment is the top floor so have great views of Venice. This apartment has air con what was very useful during the hot days of July. Ketty and Pietro couldn't have been more helpful - great communication and quick booking process and plenty of useful info on our arrival. An extra bonus was that they allowed us to stay in the apartment until late -our flight was 11pm.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to stay in the heart of Venice.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Attic for two nights. Everything was just fine. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The property is equipped with everything you can need, including coffee and sugar, not to mention iron, oven, stove etc. The property is in historical house, near one of the most interesting cathedrals in Venice. The view from the attic windows over the city is also great. The apartment is very neat and extremely cosy - you can feel the true atmosphere of this remarkable city. We were with our two young kids who also liked it. I surely recommend it! Hope to come back here soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this apartment. Everything was very clean and comfortable. The owner was very friendly and responded quickly when we had a question. Our family would definately stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Stay in the Attic

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was lovely with sufficient amenities. It was also well located, from Piazzale Roma and a little further to the other side is San Marco. & of course, delightful to have a lift to the apartment thought there is a short flight of stairs at the entrance, convenient for luggages.

Only downside was the wifi is slightly unstable, sometimes undetectable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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quiet, charming apartment in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the 'attic' apartment for two weeks and loved every minute of it! This apartment was even better than suggested in the photos - clean, quiet, cosy and with breathtaking views across the rooftops of Venice! Hosts Ketty and Pietro were wonderfully welcoming and helpful. The location was great. I would not look any further than Ca' Badoer if I ever return to Venice!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Venice 'Marco Polo' Airport at Tessera
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Venezia - Zattere
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Venezia - Santa Lucia
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Venezia - Mestre - cavalcavia
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Lido di Venezia
Car: not necessary

The old city of Venice lies peacefully in the middle of a Lagoon. It is made of hundreds of small islands connected together by arched bridges with steps, where cars can't go. A 3 Km long causeway connects the city to the mainland. At the Venice end of the causeway are several multistorey garages. At this point, both motoring and rail travel end and only pedestrians or boats can enter the city.

Other Activities: Sight-seeing (architectural beauty, romantic landscapes), shopping (fashion - antiques), visiting art galleries, concerts, gondola regattas, cuisine.


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