An ancient Riad style house with divine gardens
a unique property in Venice
Castello, Venice


Built on the site of an ancient monastery, this exquisite Castello property is accessed through an enclosed secret garden surrounded by a divine shaded portico, reminiscent of the serene atmosphere of a cloister.

A tranquil oasis located in a lively but non-touristy part of Venice, near Via Garibaldi, and only a hundred metres from the entrance of the Art Biennale, it is also just five minutes away from the vaporetto stop that serves every location in Venice. In just 12/15 minutes you can reach Piazza San Marco on foot,  yet the Lido and its sandy beaches are only 10 minutes away by boat. With good local  shopping fresh fish and vegetable markets and good restaurants, pizzerias and bars, it is a truly Venetian dream location

Historically, Venice was the most  western station of the silk road.  Following this tradition, this ‘Fonduk’  is the classic « domus » house with its similarity also to an ancient Roman structure. The garden, with its typical mediterranean essences, is the perfect place to relax under the olive trees, a refreshing aperitivo in hand, completely private and from a different time. The house itself is very charming and welcoming with all modern comforts.


The Ground floor comprises a series of rooms overlooking the garden – a large living room, dining room, large kitchen and breakfast room, master bedroom and bathroom, with all rooms wrapped around the large walled garden with open galleries running along the walls of the house.
The indoor/outside communication is greatly enhanced by the direct access from the master kitchen and living/dining room on the ground floor to the garden through the arcades. The gallery is very shaded and cool during the hot summer months and wonderful in the spring and fall.


The 1st floor comprises 3 bedrooms and 2 large bathrooms.  The third bedroom  can be reached by a spiral staircase to a mezzanine level. This layout offers more space and the possibility to enjoy the second living room overlooking the charming autenthic streets of Castello. Light pours through the large windows brightening up all the rooms of this apartment. Each bedroom has its own air conditioning and stays very cool during the summer.


This can be a private apartment on the top floor, with a cosy atmosphere created by its beamed ceilings and welcoming warm rooms. It has a living room, double bedroom, a full equipped kitchen and a small bathroom with shower. It is bright and well ventilated thanks to a couple of velux windows in each room, air conditioning

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CASTELLO: I have lived in this part of the city for nearly twenty-five years, so I am undoubtedly biased when I say that it is my favourite part of Venice. Traditionally, the more 'ordinary' quarter of the city - it has a rather charming village-like feel about it, with smaller houses and laundry hanging from the windows. To this day it is largely residential: Via Garibaldi, the main street, is bursting with little shops and family run businesses, as well as a few market stalls, and a barge selling fruit and veg at the end of the street. It leads on to a leafy park, where children can play in the playground. In the summertime, the Art and Architecture Biennale is hosted in this part of town, with lots of pop up small scale exhibits, alongside the main shows.

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