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Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
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Appartamento Alla Fraterna
Alla Fraterna is a two-room apartment, located on the third floor of a beautiful 16th-century building (no elevator, but large stairs and entrance area). The owners, Mikela and Stefano, live next door with their two kids and are always nearby in case of questions or problems, and happy to give out information regarding the city: monuments, museums, exhibitions, tours, restaurants, shopping, and events.

The apartment is beautifully and tastefully furnished (Stefano is an architect and they have personally redone the entrance and stairs area of the building, giving it a very nice touch), with modern art and matching colors. It overlooks a typical 'calle' (street). It's on the small side but unlike many Venetian homes it's sunny and light, and will work perfectly for a family or small group of friends: there's one bright double bedroom, a living room with sofabed and kitchenette (which can be closed off, as it's in a closet), stocked with self-service breakfast items such as bread, croissant, butter, marmalade, eggs, yogurt, corn flakes, juice, milk, tea, and coffee.

Alla Fraterna is well-located in the sestiere of Cannaregio, close to the Rialto Bridge and a 10-minute walk from San Marco square. It's just a few meters from local restaurants, typical Venetian bars, and Santa Maria dei Miracoli square. There are vaporetto stops nearby (Cà D'Oro for line 1 and Rialto for line 2). Since the Middle Ages, this part of the city has been strategic as it connected the northern lagoon with Rialto where, like today, most of the commerce was focused on the market and the banks. The street Alla Fraterna is on, Rio Terrà Bagatin, was one of the many small channels that the Venetian Republic later buried in 1773 and made into a normal calle. The name comes from before its burial, when it was crossed by a little wooden bridge called "of Bagatin" for a blacksmith of that name who was located there.
  • linen and towels provided
  • WiFi
  • no elevator
  • independent heating
  • fan
  • 3rd floor
  • small kitchenette
Merri Monks on Sep 2016:

This vacation apartment in Venice is charming and comfortable. My niece and I enjoyed our stay there very much--the location is very convenient, and the owners provided very accurate and clear directions to this lovely apartment. I highly recommend this lovely place. Also, the owners are very courteous and friendly.
Nothing that I can think of. Everything was very clean and just as advertised.
I will use Cross-Pollinate again and have recommended you to friends.
Meaghan on Sep 2014:

It was the perfect location. Stefano was a delightful host, and the breakfast included was wonderful.
Better hot water, but I think that more has to do with Venice and not the apartment itself
Very easy to use
Jerry Zurek on Aug 2014:

Everything: clean, great location, beautifully furnished, spacious. The owners were helpful and gracious in all ways. They provided everything we needed for breakfasts==a great unexpected touch.
Once again, accurate and prompt.
Marianne on Apr 2014:

This is a lovely tastefully designed property in the heart of Venice. We loved the art work and warm colors in the apartment. Off a busy square it is very quiet and peaceful. We loved the view of the neighboring roof tops and narrow "street" below. Mikela was most gracious in welcoming us. We were able to easily walk to the major sites and explore the city. We were provided with milk, yogurt our first morning as well as fresh pasteries and bread every day.Other staples were provided in the efficient kitchenette. We enjoyed using the well designed European coffee pot! This was a very comfortable place to live for a few days in busy Venice!
We arrived in the early evening so very tired and hungry. We were at first overwhelmed by the many touristy restaurants that we passed on the way. We would have appreciated a recommendation for a quiet eatery nearby. We eventually found a lovely local place on our own the next night, but it would have been nice to have some recommendations available when we arrived. Maybe a bit more yogurt and milk in the morning as there were three of us, but this was no big deal. The apartment was very nice. Enjoyed our three nights in Venice living in this lovely accomodation!
What a great service! This was our third experience using the site. We will definitely include this in our next travel plans. You can really trust these people! So wonderful to stay in these accommodations rather than a hotel.Quiet, private and clean. Welcoming hosts!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking
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 Appartamento Alla Fraterna
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