Are you looking for a friend or family get-together in Italy? How about renting a design-apartment in the heart of Venice? By being a destination that you can easily explore on foot and proposing a cultural landscape for all tastes, if you are planning a group trip, Venice might be a great choice. This BMJ’s Travel Experience is for culturally curious travellers looking for an Italian escape to spend some time with their dear ones in a vibrant town, as well as immersing in the local culture trough the exclusive experiences proposed below.
With Be MyJourney you have the chance to visit a destination that is usually linked to the concept of over-tourism, with the right approach. How? By travelling off-season, having a slow stay and supporting local traditions.
SUGGESTED LENGTH: Five days to one week. Staying here longer than a typical weekend, you will feel like a local and discover the real charm of this timeless destination. Venice has a wide cultural landscape and by organising your get-together holiday with Be MyJourney, you’ll get a BMJ personalised guide, including a list of little known places, neighbourhoods and nearby islands to be explored during your stay. Get in touch with Andrea to learn more.
SUGGESTED SEASON: All year round, but during autumn and winter, the mists that immerse the little bridges create the most magical atmosphere making the town look suspended.
By proposing to rent a full house, Casa Flora, this Travel Experience offers a stay that is ideal for 6 people. If instead you are planning a romantic escape, with BMJ I partner with other beautiful boutique hotels in town. Get in touch with Andrea to learn more or if you are interested in planning a tailor-made itinerary to discover Venezia. The itinerary design service is free of charge.
These two exclusive experiences, reserved to the guests of Casa Flora, will allow you to connect with locals, learning more about their traditions and feel like a Venetian.
RIALTO MARKET LIKE A LOCAL
Wherever in the world, the food market is one of the most intimate places you could visit to observe the locals’ daily life, while the voices of those announcing “unmissable deals” guide you through the food stalls. The open-air Rialto Market is a crowded crosswalk as early as the first morning hours and one of the most fascinating and still authentic places in Venice, where high-quality local produce has been offered since always. Imagine if you could explore it with a regular visitor, a Venetian restaurateur, feeling part of a local’s routine, learning a few secrets of the Italian cuisine and buying genuine ingredients to experiment with your culinary skills at Casa Flora‘s kitchen. With this exclusive experience, a local restaurateur takes you to Rialto Market while she is shopping for her restaurant. Afterwards, you can prepare your own meal by having a cooking class at Casa Flora, or taste a fresh local meal at the restaurant of your shopping buddy.
This is a tailor-made experience. Write to Andrea to learn more.
Discovering a destination by getting to know the origins of its local traditions is something we often do. However, “travel” becomes “experience” if we don’t learn about them in a book, but rather by meeting some of the locals who are keeping these traditions alive. The gondola is the most popular symbol of Venice and attending this exclusive experience at the Squero Tramontin, you will learn more about its origin and story. Here, you do not feel like entering a common boatyard, but rather stepping into someone’s home. And so it is because, on this shore of Venice, the Tramontin family has been building and repairing handcrafted gondole for 136 years. Elena and Elisabetta, daughters of Roberto Tramontin, today run the squero with perseverance and love for the family’s art. During this experience, while Elena will share some anecdotes of their traditional craftmanship, you will admire Elisabetta at work, taking care of the restoration process.
This is a tailor-made experience. Write to Andrea to learn more.
WHERE ~ 5 minutes walking from San Marco square
BMJ’S EXPERIENCE ~ Casa Flora feels like your home in Venice and heaven for interior design enthusiasts. When I met Gioele Romanelli, the owner, I was particularly impressed by his vision for this project and the sustainable development possibilities he sees for Venice’s tourism.
BMJ’S EXTRA ~ At no additional cost, you can request your Casa Flora’s booking through Be MyJourney and get the indie Venice travel guide by BMJ. Moreover, BMJ travellers who will stay longer than 7 nights will be treated with a welcome gift and a 3% discount. Get in touch with Andrea to benefit from this treat.
WHAT TO EXPECT ~ A large house in the heart of Venice. A space that is open and unique to inhabit, work and socialise in. A home to experience the most beautiful city in the world feeling a local Venetian for a few days. Casa Flora is an Italian-design apartment, completely custom made that welcomes travellers with the comforts of a boutique hotel and the freedom of a private home. Each one of the 3 bedrooms includes a dedicated reading area and a mini SPA with hammam. Casa Flora’s kitchen is a space that invites you to express yourself and experiment with Italian gastronomic traditions, by taking part in the Rialto Market like a local experience above, or having local chefs cooking for you traditional dishes in contemporary forms. Casa Flora is the result of the hospitality and custom-design worlds coming together. A place that didn’t exist before in the lagoon and a concept that challenges traditional hospitality models using design to foster sustainable tourism. Prices start from 600 euro per night, including breakfast.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY ~ Thanks to your hosts, the Romanelli family, staying at Casa Flora you feel less like visitors and more like “contemporary local Venetians”. Casa Flora is a project that aims to enhance the Italian design of a Venetian lifestyle. Everything that is on display at Casa Flora can be purchased online. Casa Flora proposes a selection of special design pieces crafted by the best Venetians and regional artisans who worked on this project to support the best local fabricators and make them accessible to travellers, in a contemporary fashion. Casa Flora also takes part in the Romanelli family’s project Venice Plastic Free, providing you with the chance to buy a water canteen to eliminate the use of disposable plastic bottles. This project encourages you to refill the canteen at Venice’s historic water fountains, for which Casa Flora will supply a map.
Closest airport: Venice
Animals are allowed in the property
The property has a minimum stay policy of 3 nights
Check-in 4 PM Check-out 11 AM
CANCELLATION POLICY ~ It depends on the rate you choose for your booking.
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