Dream Venice Rental Overlooking St. Mark’s Square

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Due Leoni Terrace (VRBO). Imagine waking up to a view of the domes and bronze horses of St. Mark’s Basilica. You walk out on the balcony and the heart of Venice unfolds at your feet: St. Mark’s Square, the famous church, the bell tower. The Doge’s Palace is just around the corner and the Molo is on the horizon at the end of your outdoor “hallway.”

This is the scene at Due Leoni Terrace, one of the many places that I have bookmarked in my search for great places to stay in Italy.

Sometimes, after I haven’t traveled for a while, a part of me wants to be in the thick of it. And how much deeper can you get than staying in the center of one of the most beautiful cities in the world?

I am under no illusion that this apartment could possibly be loud. The bells of the campanile ring at noon at midnight, while the Torre dell’Orologio bells chime constantly. The crowds and circus-like atmosphere of St. Mark’s Square create a constant din when the city is heaving with tourists. The apartment has glazed terrace doors to keep out the noise—but you may want to open them at night to let the more soothing sounds of the café orchestras waft in.

The 4BR/3BA Due Leoni Terrace sleeps six. There are two double bedrooms and two single bedrooms. Only the master BR looks out on St. Mark’s. But you can get a good view of it from the spacious living room.

If you are traveling to Venice with a small group, this could be a great place to splurge on. The apartment includes all the modern amenities—WiFi, A/C, TV, washer/dryer—and has a well-equipped galley kitchen should you want to eat in for some of your meals.

Due Leoni Terrace requires a 3-night minimum stay.

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Melanie Renzulli
Melanie Renzulli

Melanie Renzulli has been writing about Italy for more than 25 years.