This simple, lofty apartment in a 15th-century palazzo is seconds from the majestic Arsenale in the small Campo do Pozzi. Now a major hub for the world famous Biennale, Arsenale was once the heart of the Venetian naval industry. Enter through a leafy courtyard, climb two steep floors (no lift) and you’re greeted with minimal yet warm, classic furnishings – an antique tapestry hangs in the living room, with its original mosaic floors, and views over the canal Rio Degli Scudi add to the sense of calm. Pick up supper in one of the many food shops nearby and make the most of the bright, practical kitchen – the table seats six comfortably. No kettle or coffee machine as it fuses the electrics but what better excuse to try the abundance of local cafés and bars. Bedrooms, both light with shutters and terrazzo flooring also overlook the canal; the double and adjacent twin, have an ornate and slightly bohemian styling and are very peaceful. A big bathroom has pretty pink vintage (original) tiles and a second shower room is useful for sharers. Great for those who like to be off the tourist track yet close enough to walk to see the sights.