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

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Light-filled, water front aerie. Sleeps 2 guests

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.

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Deborah and Mark Rusconi
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Deborah and Mark Rusconi

We are a British/American couple who met and married in Florence 37 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 Dorsoduro

The sestiere, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dorsoduro in Venice-Murano-Burano

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • town ...
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Kitchen ...
  • 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. Heated Towel Rack. Separate Heating System Radiator. Polished Terrazzo Floor Throughout.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Master bedroom on the upper level; twin bedroom on the main level.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 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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Lovingly restored canal-side apartment with panoramic roof terrace - Dorsoduro
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 36 reviews

Fabulous Location; Beautiful Condo

  • 5 of 5

Located in a quiet sector, but, yet very close to many amenities. The unit is very nicely decorated, comfortable bed and the rooftop patio was wonderful to view folks walking along the canal as well as seeing the occasional boat go by.

The kitchen had everything you needed to prepare meals. The bathroom was large and clean. Though we had no hot water for a few hours, that was remedied quite timely.

One factor that we did not realize is that the location is in walking distance to the land taxi service and requires no bridge to cross with your luggage to get there. This is much less expensive option than the river taxi to/from the airport.

The proximity to the waterbus was excellent. We were nearby a grocery store and a wonderful produce market directly across the canal.

Yes, a wonderful place to stay. Easy to get to the main attractions without the hassle.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always such a thrill to have guests come and stay and settle in, like friends. Never easy to convey that in a listing, but we love it when people arrive and immediately get the spirit of Venetian life! You have wonderfully characterized our home and our very special corner of the city, and it really was a pleasure to host you both. We are so grateful, too, that the hot water issue was dealt with promptly and efficiently by Irene and that you were not too inconvenienced. We join in extending you a very warm welcome again at any time of your choosing........... Auguri! Deborah and Mark
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Simply awesome and fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Everything is as advertised and more. The apartment is cozy, decorated tastefully and it really felt like a home. The apartment was super clean, everything was in good roder. There are clear instructions posted all over the apartment so you never have to guess how things work and what the owners expectations are. Everything you need is supplied. There is a grocery store near by for foods and wines. Customer service worked like a clock from the exchange of emails with the owners to the reception by the rental agency representative. We took the land taxi option from Marco Polo airport which dropped us off a few hundred meters from the apartment, and it was super easy, fast and 45 euros. It is in a quiet neighbourhood and a 15-20 minute walk from Piazza San Marco. Venise is about walking the town, so no issues with the location. We took a 3 day pass for the water bus and there is a stop 2 minutes from the apartment and it was very convenient. We had a great time and wholeheartedly give the place our top recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always marvelous to welcome a congenial family taking a break together! We are so gratified to hear that you immediately felt right at home, and that you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves. It really was such a pleasure to have you visit from the south, and we very much hope you will consider returning to explore more of our heart-stirring city very soon. "Tanti auguri a tutti voi!" Deborah and Mark
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Picture perfect location in Dorsoduro!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was lovely and very comfortable for our family of 3. The views from the altana (which we retreated to every evening) were stunning and the location fantastic. We were walking distance to all the main attractions in Venice. I think we covered all of them! We were within steps of amazing restaurants, shops, sights and the water taxi. The apartment was serene in the evening with it being located in the quiet neighborhood of Dorsoduro. A true gem! Thank you, Deborah and Mark for sharing your beautiful home with us. The only thing we would change is a longer stay in The Venetian Terrace.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review, not just of our apartment, but of our area! We wish you could have stayed longer, too, but please know that you will be warmly welcomed back at any time. We are truly gratified to read of your enjoyment of our home! Grazie Mille e Tanti Auguri..... Deborah and Mark
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Celebrating a very special anniversary!

  • 5 of 5

Treated to a very memorable 3 night stay at this gorgeous apartment by my lovely husband! From the initial booking through to our arrival, communication with the owners was first rate. We were met by friendly Julia from the local management agency who helped us to the apartment, showed us around, explaining how everything worked and offered additional advice on nearby restaurants that might be of interest. It's very clear that Deborah and Mark have put in every thought to furnishing their beautiful home: beds were super comfortable, plenty of hot water on demand, extensive cooking facilities and a terrific assortment of guide books and Italian themed DVDs. The altana was something truly unique with its far-reaching views and we made wonderful use of it every evening enjoying a cocktail. All in all we could not have wished for a more memorable visit to the city. It provided us with a relaxing and romantic environment that we will always remember fondly. Our heartfelt thanks to Deborah and Mark for permitting us to use their home to celebrate a very special milestone in our lives.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We absolutely loved having you both come and stay for your very special celebration! Perhaps we can entice you to not leave it so long for your next visit to La Serenissima?!!!! Our heartiest congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary............ Deborah and Mark
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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: 16-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 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: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Marco Polo
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Blu Bar across the bridge from San Sebastiano.
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Stazione Marittima San Basilio
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Santa Lucia/Ferrovia
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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas in Venice 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Romantic Venice 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2019
1 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas in Venice 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
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 which must be signed and returned.

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.

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


'Meet and Greet' service and Final Housekeeping; €60 for 1 - 2 guests sharing the apartment (€80 after 8 pm.arrival). Payable directly upon arrival to our Venice management agency for its services and for which you will receive an immediate receipt for your records.

Venice City Visitors Tax; as of January 1st. 2018, the new tax will be €3 per person, per night (for the first 5 nights of a stay). Payable directly upon arrival to our Venice management agency for its services and for which you will receive an immediate receipt for your records.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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