The communication beforehand, and the handover arrangements worked fine. Franca, the lady on the ground, was very helpful explaining how everything worked. The apartment is on the first floor, and on a corner, which makes it light and airy. It is in excellent condition. Large comfortable bedroom, decent shower, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a triple dead-lock front door, for maximum security.
It is certainly the best property that I have rented in the last 8 years.
Whilst it is only a short walk from the Giardini vaporetto stop, (and therefore the entrance to the Biennale), this is not an area frequented by tourists, one of the last such areas in the city. A short walk along the front towards Sant Elena brings you in to a large public park area, ideal for jogging, or simply sitting on a bench, watching the world go by.
The main shopping area is the Via Garibaldi, some 5 minutes away. You can get everything that you need here, but I would particularly recommend the delicatessen, at 1561, which sells amazing cheese and meat, together with pasta and a range of fine Italian goods. Apparently, this is where the chefs from the super-yachts stock up, and it is not expensive.
Further up, on the same side, do try the bar, El Refolo, a firm favourite.
This is a delightful area in a great city, and should you choose to stay in Gloria's apartment, you will not be disappointed. Home just 2 days ago, I miss it already.