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Palazzo di Cavana

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July 2012

The Palazzo was just mesmerizing! It was jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Andrea was terrific as was Michaela. The location was quiet and away from the maddening crowds. The availability of the water taxis was key for some of our travel companions. Our group really had a wonderful time and felt like we were in a very special place. Donata, the recommended tour guide, was a gem. Our day turned out to be fantastic! ... she was really worth every penny in the end. Thanks, as always for everything. We saw a side to Venice we would have otherwise missed, and loved every minute of it! 

Return Client: Nancy B. Potomac, MD


  • Air Conditioning
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • iPod Dock
  • Iron
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Terrace
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Window Screens
  • Wireless Internet

About this Villa

Located in the Castello neighborhood of Venice, Palazzo di Cavana  is an historic Palazzo depicted in paintings by Canaletto and Guardi.

Palazzo di Cavana has been meticulously restored and updated to modern standards while preserving the historical character of this elegant Palazzo. The Palazzo's restoration has just been completed in May 2012. Palazzo di Cavana offers luxury accommodations for up to 12 in 6 formal bedrooms and a spacious loft with 2 sofa beds with gracious living and dining areas throughout. From San Pietro you can access the center of Venice or tour the lagoon using two private water taxis moored at the deck and at the guest's disposal. At Palazzo di Cavana you can dine or have drinks in a number of areas - outside on the campo (square) in front of the church, on the private deck on the water, on the first floor terrace, or on the altana (wooden terrace above the roof) overlooking Venice.

Rentals can begin any days of the week with a minimum four nights required.

It is recommended to secure accommodations for Bienale, Film Festival and other major exhibition dates six months or so in advance. Please contact us for up-to-date availability.

Included in price

  • Wifi broadband access
  • Complimentary bath gift set with soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.
  • Fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and offers a range of multimedia devices.
  • Rooms and bathrooms have complete sets of linen, hairdryers, bath gift set with soap, shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.
  • Cots, cradles, high chairs, wheelchair, can be easily provided.
  • Minimum rental four nights; longer term rentals available, please inquire.
  • Rentals can begin any days of the week. Arrival time is 4 pm- 5 pm; departure time is 10 am.
  • Palazzo San Pietro is located within Venice just minutes from shops, restaurants and the lagoon.
  • Via Giuseppe Garibaldi (shopping, cafes); 5 minutes walk
  • Vaporetto; 5 - 10 minutes walk
  • Biennale, Arsenale; 10 minutes walk
  • Piazza San Marco, Lido (Film Festival, beaches, biking); 20 minutes walk or 10 minutes walk and 10 minutes vaporetto
  • Piazzale Roma (car rental pickup/return), Santa Lucia (train station); 20 minutes by private water taxi
  • Accademia, Dorsoduro; 20-30 by walk and vaporetto
  • Venice Airport; 30 minutes by private water taxi
  • Island of Murano by boat directly from the palazzo.
  • Island of Burano by boat directly from the palazzo.
  • Island of Torcello by boat directly from the palazzo.
  • Padova by boat and bus/train is 52 kilometers (1 hr. 10 minutes)
  • Asolo by boat and bus/train is 79 kilometers (1 hr. 45 minutes)
  • Vicenza by boat and bus/train is 82 kilometers (1 hr. 25 minutes)
  • Verona by boat and bus/train is 126 kilometers (1 hr. 45 minutes)


The main entrance leads to the stairs and elevator. To the right is a small entrance hall, hallway, then the main kitchen. Stairs (four steps) to the cavanna (ancient boathouse) a 800 sq. ft. vaulted room that will be used for dining for up to 50 people, conferences, meetings, dancing, music, cinema etc. This room is also accessible from the main entrance. Beyond the cavanna is a gym with shower, a small bathroom and a large hot tub.


Up the main staircase you will find a second kitchen, dining room, two living rooms, two bedrooms each with en suite baths with walk-in showers. One of the living rooms can become a bedroom using the adjacent bathroom. The elevator arrives at the dining/living area. Three doors lead to a terrace overlooking the water.


Four bedrooms each with en suite baths with shower; the master bedroom has a small terrace overlooking the Palladian church.


Reachable by stairs or elevator the loft has a third kitchen, living spaces, bathroom, and a sleeping area with four beds for sleeping 4 teenagers. Stairs lead to roof terrace overlooking Venice and the campanile.


The main kitchen on the ground floor is equipped to accommodate large parties of up to 50, and can be used for cooking lessons and for daily cooking for guests. Larger parties (for 200 and more) can be organized through catering. The first floor kitchen is used mainly for breakfast but also as support for the main kitchen when guests eat in the dining room or terrace. The loft kitchen is used for serving meals or drinks on the roof terrace. Guests can choose to eat directly at the kitchen counter. 

  • Cooking classes provided directly in the apartment
  • Wine tasting with or without dinner
  • Catering and organization of small parties (up to 50 persons)
  • Culinary and/or wine tours
  • Cultural tours with English speaking guide
  • Transports of any kind for any destination with or without driverEntertainment for kids
  • Transfer from Venice airport or train station on arrival (for host family, maximum 7 guests, corresponding to 1 taxi trip). Please inquire for details.
  • Babysitting
  • Italian lessons
  • Grocery shopping, cooking, using the house equipment, serving meals and washing up will be done upon your request either by professional cooks we can recommend or by local caterers/agencies normally working with us or by anybody chosen by you for this purpose. Our local concierge will take care of your requirements, coordinate the services or get in touch with your chosen services providers, if any will be required. We will not accept any money regarding the above services and provisions as all accounts will need to be paid directly to those providing them. Wine and spirits displayed in the house can be consumed by the guests and replaced at departure or reimbursed.
  • Refundable security deposit: USD 2500 to be held by VIA with a valid credit card number along with your final payment. Any expenses not paid for in Euro on the premises will be charged to your credit card along with a 2.5% transaction fee. In addition you will be subject to local taxes.

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