An Apartment in Venice:
Santa Maria Formosa
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ABOVE: A view of the narrow lane outside the
apartment through the wrought-iron-and-glass door in the entrance foyer.
The Santa Maria Formosa Apartment rents for less than the cost
of a three-star hotel room, and the price (which depends on season and number of
guests) includes linens and cleaning.
When you book,
you'll be asked to give credit-card information. This is just to secure the
booking; you won't be billed unless you fail to show up. You'll pay the landlady
in person, in cash when you arrive, so make sure that you have enough
euros or can get them from an automated teller machine. (You may want to check
your daily overseas ATM limit with your bank and increase it, if necessary,
before leaving home.)
After Venere confirms your
reservation, you'll receive an e-mail from the English-speaking landlady, who'll
give you a number to call when you reach Venice. Upon your arrival, she'll meet
you at the apartment, give you the key, and show you how everything works. When
you leave at the end of your stay, you'll simply leave the key in the apartment
and pull the self-locking door shut behind you.
Photo tour of the apartment