San Giovanni

The only villa on the Venetian isle of Torcello, includes a pool and huge garden with the ruins of the ancient Romanesque church of San Giovanni. Six bedrooms, five bathrooms. Walking distance to restaurants.

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Torcello is the real precursor of Venice. Settled between the fifth and seventh centuries, it became the most prosperous of the early lagoon communities with its own palaces and churches, shipyards and docks, its own nobility and laws. The growth of Venice brought its demise and its current population is now about 100 people. It is probably most famous today for the Locanda Cipriani, one of the gastronomic institutions of the Veneto. San Giovanni, built towards the end of the seventeenth century, is the only villa on Torcello and is surrounded by an enormous garden. The property takes its name from the Romanesque church of San Giovanni some of whose ruins have been restored by the International Save Venice Fund and which can still be admired in the garden. The villa is beautifully furnished with antiques and equipped with modern comforts such as internet connection (wi-fi) and Sky TV. The swimming pool is on a small hill overlooking the garden. From Torcello it is possible to visit either by vaporetto or by water taxi the islands of the Venetian lagoon, including Burano, which is famous for its lace, and Murano, which is famous for its glass. The centre of Venice can also be reached easily by vaporetto. The vaporetto stop is only a five-minute walk from the villa.

Swimming pool; central heating; bbq.

Swimming pool size (meters): 14x7

6 bedrooms/5 bathrooms

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Ground Floor

Kitchen; entrance hall; dining room; large verandah; twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (opening on to the garden).

First Floor

Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room; twin bedroom with en suite bathroom; large living room; library/study; sitting room.

Second Floor

Three twin bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; roof terrace with marvellous views.


Maid service is included 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. A boat is available to guests till 5 p.m


Extra costs: heating Tourist tax to be paid locally. Security deposit: 1.500 €


Burano (shops/PO);5 mins by vaporetto, Murano;10 mins by vaporetto, Venice;(10 Km) 40 mins by vaporetto

Recommended Local Restaurants

Venice requires a little more research into your resaturant choices than most Italian cities, due to the  mass tourism, but good food is avialble, in some cases very good, but usually not at bargain prices. In any case, you can't go wrong at any of our suggestions below:

On Torcello

Locanda Cipriani-Piazza Santa Fosca 29 30142 Torcello, Venezia Italy  P.  041 730150  Great little country reataurant on the Venetian island of Torcello. Wee regarded.  Upper moderate to expensive.

Villa 600-Fdm. Borgognoni no 12, Torcello  Tel.  041 52.722.54 Nice foor.  Moderate prices.

Osteria al Ponte del Diavolo-F.ta Borgognoni 10/11, 30142 Torcello  Tel.  041730401  Nice food at moderate prices.

Other areas of Venice

La Palanca -448 Giudecca  P. 041 528 7719.  No frills trattoria/bar, but the food is good and the other guests will be mostly locals. May be open only at lunch. Very reasonable prices.

Altanella-268 Sestiere Giudecca, Calle delle Erbe, Venice, Italy  Tel: +39 041 522 7780  Good fish dishes Upper moderate prices.

Mistra-Calle Michelangelo 53c  Tel. 041 522 0743  Off the beaten path, but good seafood with a Ligurian bent. Moderat prices. 

Ai Cacciatori-Giudecca 320 - 30133  Tel.  0415 285 849  Trattoria with great view and food. Open all day. Moderate prices.

Harry's Dolci -Giudecca 773, Fondamenta San Biagio. P. 041 522 4844.  Traditional food made special by the surroundings. Right on the water. Upper moderate pricing.

Oro Restaurant-Isola della Giudecca 10  P. 0415207744   Dishes that are now popular around the world, such as carpaccio and risotto primavera, were invented here. This legendary restaurant continues to serve classic favourites alongside more elaborate and creative dishes in the luxurious setting of the Cipriani hotel. Elegant atmosphere. Great palce to splurge. Very Expensive.

Other parts of Venice

Ai Artisti -Fondamenta della Toletta 1169A.  P. 041-5238944. Great family owned osteria/enoteca. Moderate prices.

Alle Testiere -Calle del Mondo Novo 5801.  P. 041-5227220.  A refined "bacaro", which has wooden tables, simple facilities and nice informal atmosphere; only fish dishes, well prepared and imaginative. Only seats about 25, so be sure to reserve. Upper moderate prices.

Le Bistrot de Venise -4685 Calle dei Fabbri  P. 041-5236651.  Primarily Venetian food and specializing in historical recipies from the 14th to 18th century. Upper moderate to expensive.

Il Ridotto - Castello 4509, 30122 Venice  P. 041 5208280  One Michelin Star. This gourmet restaurant is housed in a simple, minimalist dining room and is a far cry from the usual tourist clichés. It focuses all its attention on the quality of its cuisine and serves reinterpretations of classic Venetian dishes with an emphasis on fish. Expensive

La Caravella -Calle Larga Via XXII Marzo 2397  P.  041 520 8901  Very near to St. Mark's square

L'Osteria di Santa Marina- Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy (Castello) P. 041-528-5239  This classy inn is managed by young professionals who serve seafood and traditional dishes, but they also offer some interesting culinary innovations. Upper moderate to Expensive.

Ristorante Quadri - Piazza San Marco 121  P. 041 528 9299  Above Quadri Cafe in St Mark's Square. One Michelin star. Now run by the Alajmo family - renowned restaurant owners from Padua(earned three Michelin stars there) - the Quadri is one of Venice's 'gastronomic monuments'. It is housed in one of the most photographed palazzi in the city and adorned with stucco decor, Murano glass and fine fabrics. Beautifully presented, creative cuisine made from the best quality ingredients. Modern interpretations of Venetian classics. Almost perfect service. This is one of Venice's best. Get dressed up and go for the great food, atmosphere and experience, but beware if you're on a budget. The cafe downstairs, though touristy, now serves probably the best coctails in Venice. Very expensive, but if you plan in advance, you can reserve to have one of their tasting menus for lunch, at half price, by visiting their web page.

Anice Stellato-fondamenta della Sensa 3272, Cannaregio 3272  P. 041 720744   Delicious fried fish and vegetables, as well as other tasty seafood specialities are served in this restaurant, which is slightly off the beaten track and always full of Venetians. The wine bottles on display add to the attractive and informal ambience. Moderate prices

Antiche Carampane - San Polo, 1911.  T. 041-5240165  A typical trattoria in business for over a century, with a friendly, convivial atmosphere and a menu announced at your table. This restaurant has seen an increase in quality over recent years, while still remaining faithful to the same Venetian fish dishes, including the house speciality, spaghetti in cassopipa (spaghetti in a spicy shellfish sauce). Upper Moderate.

Ristorante al Covo - Castello 3968  P. 041 5223812   Great seafood, close to St Marks. Some outside tables. Expensive

Vecio Fritolin-Calle della Regina 2262 Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135  Tel. 041 5222881  Creative seafood preparations. They also keep up the tradition of offering "scartosso di pesse", a paper cone full of hot, freshly fried fish. For only 10 Euro to go.  Restaurant in the expensive range.

Corta Sconta Calle del Pestrin Castello, 3886  Tel. 041 522 7024 In most Venetians short list of top restaurants. Try the house antipasto, just a huge amount of extaordinary food. Expensive

Da Fiore-alle del Scaleter 2202/A, San Polo 30125  P. (041) 721308   One Michelin star.  One of the leading restaurants in Venice. Venetian seafood specialities. Very expensive.

Locanda Cipriani-Piazza Santa Fosca 29 30142 Torcello, Venezia Italy  P.  041 730150  Great little country reataurant on the Venetian island of Torcello. It makes a great lunch excursion to visit Torcello, followed by a leisurely lunch here. Upper moderate to expensive.

Met Restaurant-Riva degli Schiavoni 4149 30122 Venice P. 041 5240034  One Michelin Star.  At the Hotel Metropole. Very creative cuisine, based on Venetian traditions,  served, in fair weather in the hotels beautiful garden. Very Expensive

Venissa-Fondamenta Santa Caterina 3, 30142 Isola di Mazzorbo  P. 041 52 72 281  This, plainly, is a very special place, located on the island of Mazzorbo. It is on the vapporetto line, the stop before Burano. Here vines are grown and wine produced, as well as vegetables.  A piece of rural life, right in Venice. The restaurant usses many of the ingredients produced here and is just excellent. It has, indeed, earned one Michelin star. Not to be missed. Expensive.

Antica Osteria Cera-via Marghera 24 30010 Lughetto P. 0415185009   2 Michelin  stars.  Located 11 miles from central Venice, on the mainland. Wonderfully and simply prepared seafood. This is about as good as sefaood gets. Expensive at dinner, but almost moderate at lunch.




Most of the year.


Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.

2017 Prices

Jan 07 - Jun 30 $9,995 Weekly

Jul 01 - Sep 01 $12,530 Weekly

Sep 02 - Jan 05 $9,995 Weekly



From V.G. - UK - in 2011-07-11
Away from the crowds! Spent a pleasant week in this beautiful villa in Torcello. It's a very quiet and leafy little island and is a pleasant change to the busier areas of Venice. The property itself is very fascinating..

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