Imagine walking across the temporary bridge to the Church of the Salute on 21 Nov ? An important event for Venetians in the winter months. Rather like the Redentore in July this is a celebration of the ending of the plague. Venice in winter holds a magical quality. Both quiet and slightly mysterious. I feel you can claim to know this city if you have walked the calles in the mist
The highlight in the bleak wintry times is the Carnival of course. Venice steps back in time as an international crowd dress and party whilst the rest of Europe hibernates.
Piccola Perla has the primary week available from 16 to 23 February, incorporating the main weekend procession.
Into the spring and summer there is an opportunity to visit other beautiful places. Padua, Vicenza and Verona.All within an hour by train.
A number of visitors have been the recipients of gifts as wedding, engagement,graduation and special anniversaries. Perfect memories even if only for a three night stay at Piccola Perla.
2012 sees the Architectural Biennale from 13 August followed by the International Venice Film Festival.
Venice,Valentine, imagine giving the most perfect present.
Piccola Perla has now seen weddings, engagements honeymoons and numerous celebrations.
Only in Venice is spring so magical, imagine romantic pale mornings and bright sunshine through the day, followed by rose sunsets.
A time to escape in quiet streets, discovering a tiny trattoria enjoyed by Venetians. Delicious Prosecco at the local bar.
Enjoy the romance of Valentine. From the crazy fun of Carnival, Easter is in late April this year.
Between June & November The Venice Art Biennale which brings such an international crowd, the finest artists in the world
Availability for Valentine 5 nights £500:Feb 11-15 ,
Carnival : March 2- 11 2011
min 3 nights £500, subsequent nights £100
Easter week from 22 April £900.
Summer& autumn Venice is perfect ...of course
Venice Architecture Biennale
Last minute availability
October 20-23 3 nights
November 15-19 4 nights
Piccola Perla is ideally situated for both the Arsenale and Giardini.
The 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibition, directed by Kazuyo Sejima and titled 'People meet in architecture'
Venice is buzzing in the last weeks of the Architecture Biennale.
Autumn is high season and the cafe tables full as people dress for autumn
2011 Carnival Feb 26-March 2
First weekend available
2011 Art Biennale from June to November
Six days are a long time when a volcano erupts and plans go crazy. My guests were unable to leave Venice and stayed an extra five nights in the apartment. The next ones were unable to arrive.
Nightmare. Now I find I cannot go myself as my flight is cancelled, but hopefully all will be well in the next six days, in time for the next guests. At least Venice is a rather more desirable place to find oneself than an airport or port. I sincerely hope nothing like this ever happens again, but will do all I can to give support in an emergency.
Carnival Venice fulfills its fantasy (Availability for Piccola Perla in the middle of the Carnival 8 to 12 February 2010) . Twelve days in February of Balls , masks and fun.Local Venetians celebrate alongside visitors from all over the world. From glamorously expensive Balls to children's fancy dress competitions, Carnival is like no other.
So the season's come round,Venice as beautiful and sparkling as ever.
I am told that for many people winter is their favourite time in Venice. Scurrying through mists it is so evocative as famous landmarks appear then vanish. Local people call to on another across quiet campo huddled in the latest cashmere and for an older generation, tiny ladies swamped in fur. Cafes steam and sparkle, while heavenly music emanates from churches and scuola.
For those who prefer this quiet Venice, softly romantic with sunshine reflected from the snowy Dolomites, winter is the perfect time to visit.
Venice sparkles with opera at La Fenice and numerous choirs singing in San Marco. Fabulous shops from designer clothes to famous Murano glass seem even more exquisite in winter lamplight.
St Mark's Square softly lit along the collanades with Florian's and Quadrini's cafes inviting one in, just as they have done for the past three hundred years.
Last New Year Piccola Perla was the romantic hideaway for a couple who married on the Grand Canal.
Availability see calendar on www.ourveniceapartment.com
Venice Piccola Perla: in the mellow light of autumn. .