Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Il Buco della Suora is a home away from home in Venice. It is hosted by Cristina, a lifelong Venetian, and Julian who splits his time between Venice and New York. Restoring it took two years and the combined eccentricities of a platoon of Venetian artisans all beavering away with hand, boat and rubber wheel. We reclaimed an old Venetian apartment, dragging it up from the mire by its fundamentals. Unusually for a city steeped in disguise, Il Buco embraces nakedness. It trusts the functionality of raw materials; brick, stone, wooden beams and architraves, salvaged oak, rough plaster, hand-made tiles, steel. The central flow of the apartment is retained, with rooms repurposed for a contemporary way of life. Doors and walls were removed to facilitate openness, whilst retaining the rough, natural textures which afford warmth and the sense of being in a home. Very little is concealed or embellished. The apartment uses what is endemically beautiful in the structure, peeling back a century of remodeling to embrace the core principles of the building itself.The name of the apartment refers to a 16th century passageway - Il Buco - that connected Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Carmini to the convent at San Sebastiano. According to legend, cloistered nuns - le Suore - used this dark corridor to attend services at Carmini without being spotted by lay-folk. The Nun’s Hole, long-vanished, passed through our little corner of Dorsoduro. By adopting the name Il Buco della Suora, we've gone some way to fostering its restoration. Calle Degolin is ideally situated off Calle Lunga San Barnaba, a narrow alleyway well-known to locals, that connects Campo San Barnaba to Chiesa San Sebastiano (with its iconic Veronese paintings). It's a minute's walk to lively Campo Santa Margherita, its fish stalls, butcher, vegetable stands and myriad of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is also close to several supermarkets, including one on Zattere, which offers great strolling opportunities while gazing across the canal to Giudecca. We're very close to Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop, with no bridges between (for that first and last day with luggage), as well as San Basilio just round the corner. 10 minutes by vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, or 15 on foot. It's a short walk to Piazzale Roma for buses or Ferrovia for trains. An even shorter walk to the bridges at Accademia or Rialto. There are traghetti very close by at San Samuele and San Tomà. You can also get a water taxi to within 200 feet of our door. There are countless famous attractions extremely close by: Scuola San Rocco, Frari, Chiesa dei Carmini, San Sebastiano, San Nicolo dei Mendecoli, Ca' Rezzonico itself, Accademia Museum, the famous spritz bar Schiavi, Zattere, endless restaurants and gelaterie, pasticcerie Tonolo and Colussi, the gondola workshop at San Trovaso, the vegetable boat at Ponte Pugni. It's a short walk to Rialto with its fish market and cicchetti bars, Campo San Polo, Campo San Giacomo, the Guggenheim and Salute. And - when you're ready for the masses - it's 15 minutes walk to Piazza San Marco, taking in Fenice along the way.
7 Days | Dates are flexible for this listing
Cà Foscari, , Accademia delle belle arti
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