Ai Pugni: The Apartment


The apartment

The flat at the Pugni is on the third and last floor of an old building opening on the Rio Terà, while the windows open onto the beautiful Campo Santa Margherita, a market and meeting place at the heart of the Sestiere Dorsoduro. It consists of a dining-living room (with separated kitchen area), two double bedrooms (one with twin beds, one with double bed and chest of drawers), and a bathroom (with shower). The décor is traditional and elegant, typically Venetian, embellished by the wooden beams of the ceiling and enjoying a wonderful view from the windows.
There a comfortable sofa-bed in the living a well-equipped kitchen and the bathroom has its own window.
The atmosphere is warm and comfortable. The owners have arranged the flat to be modern and functional and at the same time retaining the typical flavor of a Venetian home.

The story

A series of charming traditional Venetian buildings unfolds along the old Rio dei Pugni (a canal covered in the XIXth century).  The Rio Terà dei Pugni andthe nearby bridge bearing the same name have a place in local history: at the heart of the ancient and lively Sestiere di Dorsoduro (one of the six areas Venice is divided into), it has been home to a very old Venetian tradition, i.e. the fights between two groups of inhabitants (Castellani from the west town area -Castello- and Nicolotti, from the easternpart -S. Nicolò-).
The Government of the Venetian Republic  favoured these fights between different opposed areas of the town in order to maintain an attitude towards fighting among the population. Therefore tourna ments between two or groups of contestants were organized for this very purpose: the Ponte dei Pugni (Pugni meaning fists) was the place where the faction of Nicolotti challenged their opponents. 
The whole population took part in the preparation of the tournaments and was eager to watch them and, being the banks very narrow, the windows and roofs of the surrounding houses were let to the public. Often the competition degenerated into a general battle involving all the inhabitants that sided for the two different factions and half town was in turmoil.
The battle either finished or was ended by the police, a winner was proclaimed, the dead were mourned, the wounded were treated and everybody went back to their occupation and all were good friends till the next fight in a year or so.

What we offer

We invite our guests to enjoy the opportunity of really living in the city. 
The apartment offers every comfort, and has been furnished in a way that guests will feel completely at home

The apartment has free wi-fi (on demand), hi-fi, air conditioning, a well equipped kitchen with fridge, oven with grill, washing-up machine, and domestic appliances for preparing breakfast.The bathroom has shower, hair-dryer, soap.Heating, water, lighting are included in the price.