CASA IN BORGO
The house in Via San Rocco (San Rocco is the name of the church at the beginning of the street) was built in the mid XVII century and is a typical example of houses in the Republic of Venice.
Typical characteristics of these buildings are the stone walls, and the balconies, door jambs, staircases made from local rock. Then there are the Venetian style floors made from different coloured marble chips poured with a binder and ground and polished by hand.
The house has quite large rooms, fireplaces in the main living areas and three floors. On the facade of the house you can see the decorative horizontal band in plaster called string course, which lends the house a sense of symmetry and balance.
During the centuries the house was used as a private residence, however, between 1800 and 1900 it was also a hotel: the Corona Hotel. The house has, therefore, always “offered hospitality” and has always been a place where travellers, street artists and tourists from out of town could take refuge, just as today our acquaintances and friends will always find a glass of wine and warm soup waiting for them.
On each of the three floors of the house you will find different rooms that have been especially designated for you full of candles, fresh flowers and other useful objects for your stay.
On the ground floor as you enter, there are two large rooms each one with a fireplace: the living room with a piano and antique furniture belonging to my family and the dining room which is called the “duck room” because the décor is based mainly on a “duck” theme. When sitting at the table you will have the impression that you are surrounded by mallards in flight that give the room a sense of joy. On one side of this room in a corner you will find tables set up for an intimate breakfast or for a fun game of cards. The room looks out onto the river and the sound of the gurgling water only serves to make your stay that much more delightful.
On the ground floor you will also find a bathroom and a kitchen with all the equipment needed to prepare a romantic, candle-light dinner or a party with friends.
As you enter you will also find the stairs that lead to the floor above and to a delightful stone balcony which looks onto the river. Follow the corridor up a few more steps and you will find a small built-in bookcase on one side and a double bedroom with antique furniture and a reading nook ahead. In the room you can add a single bed on request. Adjacent to the bedroom is a dressing room and a bathroom with a jacuzzi and this room which over looks the river.
By climbing a slightly more rustic flight of stairs you will find an attic bedroom, a hidden and characteristic corner of the house, where there is the second room with two single beds, a little corner to read and a lovely little bathroom with the shower.