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Deborah and Mark Rusconi

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

Lovingly restored canal-side apartment with panoramic roof terrace - Dorsoduro

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Venice city centre - The Venetian Terrace Dorsoduro

Light-filled, water front aerie. Sleeps up to 4.

Created as a secret retreat, our private vacation home, THE VENETIAN TERRACE DORSODURO, is best suited to a quiet couple, or a pair of good friends, wishing to experience a precious slice of authentic Venetian life! Nestled on the top two floors of a quaint waterside building adjacent to Veronese's masterpiece, the Chiesa San Sebastiano, our comfortable apartment lends itself to very special celebrations or simply provides for a memorable holiday in this most glorious of cities!

As one of only 2 units in a detached, ancient fisherman's house, we are exposed to sunlight on all 4 sides, a rarity in Venice, and aren't privy to ambient neighbor noise, thus ensuring a very relaxing environment at all times.

A much-prized altana makes for a wonderful alternative to days spent traversing the city along charming canals and narrow alleyways, and provides for unique and spectacular rooftop views over the city's skyline. Whether used to greet the morning with a special breakfast or to toast the end of a magical day with an aperitivo, this Venetian symbol features prolifically in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi!

Inside, Murano glass chandeliers suspended from ancient beams highlight polished terrazzo floors, windows are swathed in sumptuous velvets and silks, and beds are piled high with embroidered linens; all exist harmoniously alongside a well-appointed kitchen, a sparkling bathroom with a very large walk-in shower area, and countless other modern conveniences for maximum comfort and pleasure.


*Available for a minimum of 3 nights' stay, but should 2 nights already exist between bookings, a 2 nights' stay is possible.*

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Deborah and Mark Rusconi (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Italian

About Deborah and Mark Rusconi

We are a British/American couple who met and married in Florence 35 years ago!

Mark is an architect who worked for several years in Italy - instrumental in designing our 'new' apartment - and who now operates his own practice in Northern California.

Deborah is a retired professional ballet dancer with English National Ballet and then subsequently taught in London, Florence, and the USA.

Our love affair with Italy, and Venice in particular, has endured for decades, and now that we have created our own 'little jewel' in this intoxicating city we are delighted to make our apartment available to like-minded individuals and couples when we are not in residence.

Deborah and Mark Rusconi purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Deborah and Mark Rusconi chose Venice city centre

Dorsoduro, in which our apartment is located, has always been highly desired for its truly authentic Venetian ambience, and has attracted writers, painters and artists to its unique charms throughout the centuries.

We finally chose our home in this area, after viewing countless others throughout the city, as it met all the special features that we were searching for: a beautiful canal-side location, the distinct possibility of adding an altana (an outdoor room high above the city) to provide far-reaching views over the rooftops, but most important of all we are in a detached building with only 1 other neighbor downstairs..... a very rare advantage in Venice, where the majority of other apartments are in multi-story complexes, share many communal walls and can thus be dark and somewhat noisy. Additionally, our apartment is located well-above acqua alta levels, making it a safe refuge during high tides!

Our good fortune is that we are open to sunlight on all 4 sides, have commanding views of at least half a dozen nearby churches from our altana, can spend hours watching all manner of watercraft glide by, and yet fall asleep to the serene sounds of the canal lapping below!

To find our 'perfect' home took several years of searching, but we are thrilled with what we have been able to accomplish! As rental apartments become more prevalent within Venice, our rather unique situation has made us realize just how blessed we are to have chosen our home where we did, the vision we had to turn it into something charming and personal, and the pleasure it will provide for years to come!

What makes this apartment unique

Along with our aforementioned location and special building, creating a truly comfortable and welcoming home was of great importance to us.

Books on a wide variety of subjects fill our large library, Italian-themed films and music CDs are provided for further enjoyment, and an extremely comfortable sofa and chairs are all conducive to an evening spent snuggling at home!

Our ability to provide an altana - a much prized addition - offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime personal opportunity to view the city from a vantage point very few people ever have the chance to experience. Based on a 4-post design frequently seen in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, it is a magical location, particularly at certain times of the day, when the church bells in the tower behind the apartment peel. Alternatively, it makes for an intimate space in which to enjoy a personal breakfast at sunrise, or for a quiet 'aperitivo' before heading out to dine at one of our nearby excellent family restaurants.

With all there is to see in Venice, we have placed great importance on providing the best, most comfortable, mattresses to ensure a good night's sleep at the end of each day! Our bed heads were specifically designed to represent a gondola seat, and with their undulating style guests are able to fully open the windows above for maximum air-flow; additionally, all bedspreads were created and personally made by the owners.

Century-old family-painted watercolors grace the master-bedroom walls, oil paintings by a favorite uncle (now deceased) are given pride of place in several rooms, and along with all our other much-cherished furniture, we can now surround ourselves in an environment born out of love and wonderful memories!

As some of our first guests are now returning to our special home for another visit we realize that not only does 'The Venetian Terrace, Dorsoduro' mean so much to us, but it has also captivated the hearts of many new friends we have made along the way!

Guestbook comments from the owner

............ we had a lovely holiday. It was great to see Venice from outside the main tourist areas. Whilst St. Mark's and the Rialto were definitely worth a visit, we did find ourselves more and more returning happily to the Dorsoduro area for the odd meal out, for ice-creams at Gelateria Nico, for the cooling breeze from the Zattere, for the sound of Italian voices......... and for the fish market. Came quickly to the conclusion that the final recommendation on dining well in Venice in your folder is the best - buy good fresh local food (especially the fish from the local market), cook it simply and enjoy with a nice glass of chilled wine!

So, thank you - you gave us a very memorable holiday.
Jun 2013
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based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

Lovingly restored canal-side apartment with panoramic roof terrace - Dorsoduro
average rating of 4.95 based on 32 reviews

away from the crowd

  • 5 of 5

We spend six nights in this beautiful apartment, which is situated in a quiet part of Dorsoduro. The apartment is very well furnished with great taste and very well maintained. The kitchen (and everything else also) ist very well stocked, even the kitchen knifes are sharp :-).

There's everything you may need for a perfect stay in Venice, for cooking meals or for relaxing after a long day walking through this beautiful city and reading one of the travel guides, which you find in the apartment.

The sleeping room upstairs is very cosy and the bed is very comfortable.

The Meet & Great Service was perfect and allows us a relaxed start in the apartment.

The owners are very friendly and helpful.

We highly recommand this place.

Nearby are a lot of Restaurants and a great Supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such lovely guests, too! It really was such a pleasure to offer you the use of our home over the New Year, and to hear that it provided you with a comfortable retreat at the end of each day. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back in the not too distant future.......... Our very best wishes, Deborah and Mark
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Lovely Venetian Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time on our recent visit to Venice in this excellent apartment. Everything is as described & the owners have paid a great deal of attention to detail, including a good selection of books & guides. We immediately felt comfortable & at home. The apartment is in a quiet location but is easy to find, ideal for exploring the real Venice.

San Basilio vaporetto stop is a few minutes away & there are plenty of good restaurants, cafes & shops, including a supermarket nearby.

The altana is a real bonus, great to sit out for breakfast & at night with a glass of


We enjoyed walking along the Zattere & would recommend La Piscina, the floating restaurant. We also had an excellent meal at Ai Artisti restaurant.

The owners, Mark & Deborah were always prompt & very helpful when we were in touch with them & we will definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, We look forward to offering you the use of our home again whenever you and your family decide to return to Venice! We are indebted to you for tending to our altana pot plants during this summer's remarkable heatwave; they have thrived to be appreciated by subsequent guests!!!! Your benevolence cannot be overlooked........ Hoping to welcome you back in the not too distant future and kindest regards to all the family, Deborah and Mark
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Beautiful Apartment

  • 5 of 5

I was lucky enough to spend a week in this beautiful apartment! It was perfect for me, my daughter and son in law and 10 year old grandson. I fell in love with Venice in general but especially with the quite neighborhood of Dusodoro.

The apartment is elegantly furnished and equipped with all you might need. You can certainly see and appreciate the care and love that went into the renovation. I hope one day to return to Venice and stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean, we look forward to having you back to stay any time of your choosing and are elated to learn that Venice, and in particular our engaging neighborhood, left you with very fond memories! Thank you all for being such charming guests..... Deborah and Mark
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Delightful Apartment in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a five-star apartment. It location - a canal right by the San Sebastiano Church - is thankfully away from the tourist hordes but still central enough for you to walk virtually everywhere. And what lovely walks they are. The area is very safe, quiet at night and with its small provision shops (and convenient excellent supermarket!) cafes and nearby waterfront gives you a feel for the 'real' Venice. Don't miss the recommendations for eating provided by the owners! And their evident good taste and thoughtfulness is also on display in the apartment itself. Its not grand but its exceptionally well furnished, has A/C (one of the few modern inventions to have actually improved Venice!), a well-equipped working kitchen, nice local views out of its windows, comfy armchairs and a sofa etc etc Its 3rd/4th floor location guarantees good light - and its the top two floors, so there's nobody above to start re-arranging the furniture at two in the morning!. All in all, it has the feel of being somebody's home - not a standard rental apartment. This is my third stay in recent years, and I think that speaks for itself. Get in early - it books out fast

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is consistently lovely to welcome you back to our home and to hear that you still revel in our little part of Venice! We look forward to making it all available to you yet again in 2016! Our very best wishes......
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Wonderful Venice

  • 5 of 5

We rented the apartment for 3 nights during our vacation. I can't really call it an apartment as it is more of a home. We rented apartments during our vacation in other cities and this one was the most comfortable. The home is just as described and is maybe even a little better then the pictures. The home is in a perfect location and is no more then 100 yards from where the taxi's can drop you off. I suggest bringing a map to show the taxi driver the drop off location, this made it much easier to explain to our driver. We arrived at about midnight on a Thursday evening and the people that let us in were right on time. The apartment is an easy walk from the meeting point, over maybe one bridge as i remember, very easy. The home is on the second floor. The home is fully furnished, with WiFi, TV, fully stocked kitchen and bathroom. Everything is provided and all the furnishings, appliances etc. are of very high quality. There are tour books and maps a plenty of Venice also provided. We could not have been happier or more pleased. The location is ideal, close to food stores, coffee houses and some restaurants. It is very easy to get anywhere in Venice from the home. The home is also away from the main tourist areas just enough so it is very quiet at night. It was a special treat to sit on the deck and watch the world go by while enjoying a glass of wine in the evening and coffee in the morning. Don't forget to water the plants on the terrace during your stay. The deck is very small but was a wonderful addition to our stay. It is obvious the owners take great pride (as well they should) in this home and it really shows. There are notes on everything explaining how each item works. Hooking up to the WiFi was easy and the connection not slow at all. I could go on and on, but I'll end with this: If we are staying in Venice again (and we will) we would not think or dream of staying anywhere else other then our now second home away from home. Well done Deborah and Mark!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ron, We are thrilled to learn that you consider our home to be your second home, now! It is waiting for you whenever you decide to return to Venice!!!! Thank you, also, for watering the plants so that subsequent visitors can enjoy them throughout the summer. Whilst we adore our apartment, it is ultimately our wonderful guests whose care and appreciation help it remain in great shape in our absence. We feel truly blessed to have 'met' so many wonderful people over the past couple of years........... Our very, very best wishes to you and we look forward to hosting you again in the not too distant future. Deborah and Mark
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A Week In The Dorsoduro

  • 5 of 5

A week in Venice was a dream come true. A week in the Venetian Terrace made our visit even more spectacular. Thank you Deborah and Mark for making your beautiful home available to us. Staying at The Venetian Terrace made us feel like true Venetians. We love your city, we love your home. We hope to return. All Our Best, Ray and Tim

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim and Ray, Thank you both so much! It was such a pleasure to host you for your week's stay, and absolutely wonderful to hear that you fell in love with both our city and our apartment...... We look forward to welcoming you 'home' again some time in the not too distant future!!! Best wishes, Deborah and Mark
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Marco Polo
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Blu Bar across the bridge from San Sebastiano.
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Stazione Marittima
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Santa Lucia
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Piazzale Roma
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Campo San Sebastian
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Perhaps the most alluring of the six sestieri in Venice, Dorsoduro is much sought after by both homeowners and visitors alike, most notably for its truly authentic ambience.

Crowned by the magnificent dome of Santa Maria della Salute at the head of the Grand Canal, the area contains some of the most picturesque canals and campi in the entire city, and offers a wonderful respite after a day of visiting some of Venice's most famous attractions.

Filled with a variety of local shops and intimate bars, where you can enjoy a frothy cappuccino and warm brioche alongside our neighbours, and offering a wide array of family-owned restaurants for memorable dining, this desirable part of the city imparts a personal glimpse of everyday Venetian life.

Carefree children play in the local squares, lovers linger over drinks at nearby outdoor cafes, and daily market stalls simply overflow with an abundance of seasonal produce.

For a true flavor of Venice, this area has it all!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Dorsoduro, Venice city centre

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2016
1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas in Venice 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Romantic Venice 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Venice Carnevale 2017
10 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas in Venice 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

The apartment is rented under Italian law; therefore, we provide an Italian 'short-let' contract.

Additionally, ALL guests wishing to stay at the apartment must send us a photocopy of their passport details prior to any reservation being confirmed.

Prices shown are for 1-2 guests sharing the apartment. For any additional guest, please add 20 euro per person, per night.

Rental rates include all bed linens and bath towels, utilities and wifi internet.


'Meet and Greet' service and Housekeeping; 60 euro for 1 - 2 guests sharing the apartment (80 euro after 8 pm. arrival) or 75 euro for 3 - 4 guests sharing (90 euro after 8 pm. arrival).

Venice City Visitors Tax; 1.5 euro per person, per night (for the first 5 nights of a stay) to be added to the total rental cost quoted.

Please inquire about our weekly rates for stays of 7 nights or more and which are offered at a slight saving over our nightly prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Venice city centre in Venice

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • town ...
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Grohe Rainshower Head as well as Adjustable Hand or Body Spray. Kroin Body Wash Dispenser. Heated Towel Rack. Separate Heating System Radiator. Polished Terrazzo Floor Throughout.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming

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