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at Happy Venice

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... way and a bit difficult to find it was in a quiet and peaceful area great for sleeping. The owner is a woman that speaks very little English and very nice, she kept the place clean and very homey. With the canal beside the room, we could hear the water at night it made for a very deep sleep.
... at it, transport: The water taxis (Motoscafi) are expensive and the Gondolas even more so, but you may find a Gondola parked right below your room; I think the owner loves nearby. Try negotiating for a cheaper option or split the cost with others. The best way is to use the ferries...
We loved this place. Great location and value! Beautiful view of the water from our rom. Everything was spotless, our room (we had the one with the green walls) was decorated nicely. There were robes and slippers and plenty of towels in our room. It was a shared bathroom but was never an issue....

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Tabitha M wrote a review Sep 2012
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota93 contributions110 helpful votes
Having never been to Venice my husband and I decided to try a B&B so that we could see the sites and have a good place to come back to. We found Happy Venice and though it was out of the way and a bit difficult to find it was in a quiet and peaceful area great for sleeping. The owner is a woman that speaks very little English and very nice, she kept the place clean and very homey. With the canal beside the room, we could hear the water at night it made for a very deep sleep.
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Date of stay: August 2012Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure to ring the bell marked Happy Venice!
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Derek G wrote a review Jan 2012
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom5,177 contributions91 helpful votes
The term 'palazzo' doesn't quite mean a Palace - in this case we're talking about a venerable two-story block with four rooms on the upper floor, two of which can be rented. This is in a not-quite-so touristy corner of Venice, and is accessible by walking from the Rialto Bridge or (better) by getting off the ferry at San Toma, walking couple of hundred yards and dodging through an archway to find the right courtyard. Get a blow-up map off Google or Mapquest before you go!

The building belongs to the Schiavoni family, who also own a property, the Villa Angelina, in Treviso on the mainland. Mum (Gina) and son (Andrea) share out the management of both. That's Andrea Schiavoni the plumber, not the painter by the way ...)

I've been here twice, once in high Summer and recently in the Autumn. Summer temperatures that year were in the mid-forties so no amount of flapping was going to keep us cool. But by a combination of using the (supplied) fans and by drinking cool drinks we found sleep not so hard to come by. Venice has a reputation for smelly drains and dirty canals when it's hot. Not so here (and in fact not so elsewhere either - they've done a lot of work on such matters over the last 20 years).

Having been to Venice a few times, I didn't find it difficult to navigate from San Toma to the address - but anyone who hasn't been to Venice before might find it a bit of a problem. I don't know if this deal still stands, but it's best to get Andrea's mobile number and warn him when you're on the way. He even offered to meet us at the Railway Station. That way someone will be at the house when you get there. Mama speaks almost no English, and Andrea's English is better than my Italian, but even if you only see mum I'm sure you'll have little problem in communicating: she's delightful.

Mama will check you're settled in, will hand over a key, and then they'll leave you to it. There's a small kitchen and a fridge, so you can have breakfast, and hot drinks as you wish - and you can buy snacks if you wish, but that would miss the point of a trip to Venice - the chance to eat in cafes or restaurants. Mum will pop in from time to time to check all's well.

This is not 5* luxury and I give it a good rating because it's authentic, they're friendly, and the price is so reasonable.

From there the back alleys will take you to local churches with astounding paintings; you can cross the canal and head for St Mark's Square, which obviously you must do. I recommend you walk the city; and you hop on and off the ferries and see lots of Venice which is not generally packed with Tourists. For example, near the Train Station you have the Canale de Cannareggio, half way up which is the Ristorante Tre Archi, and you'll get an excellent lunch there. I know it's the deal because all the local boatmen use it for coffees and meals.

Please bear in mind that the area (San Polo) is generally quiet; so people returning home late at night might well seem noisy. Live with it: Italians don't go to bed early.

While we're at it, transport: The water taxis (Motoscafi) are expensive and the Gondolas even more so, but you may find a Gondola parked right below your room; I think the owner loves nearby. Try negotiating for a cheaper option or split the cost with others. The best way is to use the ferries (Vaporetti) which will take you all round Venice and the Lagoon; and there are a few locations where a gondola simply plies across the canal for a Euro or three: a useful shortcut.
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Date of stay: October 2011Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Two rooms face North-East over a small canal. The left one is further from the Bridge nearby...
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Lauren707 wrote a review May 2011
Huntington Beach, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
We loved this place. Great location and value! Beautiful view of the water from our rom. Everything was spotless, our room (we had the one with the green walls) was decorated nicely. There were robes and slippers and plenty of towels in our room. It was a shared bathroom but was never an issue. The owner was SUPER sweet (she does not speak any English). I would love to stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2011Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We loved our room with the green walls, request it
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broken_shadows wrote a review May 2011
Sydney, Australia66 contributions9 helpful votes
this place, although a little difficult to find, was the highlight of our stay in venice. she doesn't speak a lot of english, and we not a lot of italian, so it was fun communicating with her, there was a lot of laughing. very friendly, and the place was IMMACULATE. our room looked out onto a canal, which was great, lots of gondolas and boat people singing and chatting to one another, with the quiet lap of water against the walls very soothing at night. i would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a lovely quiet place to stay that is pretty central to everywhere. next time we are in venice we will be staying here for sure.
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Date of stay: October 2010Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Surferpug wrote a review Apr 2011
San Rafael, California4 contributions
Great location. It's far enough away from the party area of the city that you can sleep without many distractions, but only about a 1/4 mile if you do want to party. It's right on a canal, so it's got a great atomsphere. As other reviews have suggested, it's very homey. You feel like you're staying in a friends extra room.
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Date of stay: April 2011Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Not possible. Only 3 that all have great views
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