Your Venetian Design Home
Family. The secret is not so obvious, but really that simple.
Somehow light creatively makes its way into every room at Casa Flora, a mix of old and new a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco. A place for conviviality with the comforts of a hotel, provided by the family’s Hotel Flora next door, and the privacy of a Venetian home. This three bedroom apartment located in a 19th century building is entirely outfitted with Italian-made materials and furniture. Here modern, colorful, Italian design blends with historic wooden floors, the original pink marble fireplace and doors over a millennia old. A restored structure commissioned by the owners and painstakingly created through collaboration with several designers, architects and artisans.
The owners, a family that manages their properties personally, Gioele Romanelli, a Venetian hotelier who moved into his nonna’s hotel as a teenager, and his wife Heiby, a Venezuelan transplanted in Venice at 8 years old go above and beyond to make sure that your stay in Venice is not only great but authentic. Heiby maniacally and creatively takes care of all the details (in the way only a woman knows how) and Gioele is always around, greeting guests and treating them as friends who just walked into the door of his home. The Romanelli family are the heart and soul of their three unique boutique realities: Casa Flora, Hotel Flora and Novecento, all which are just a few steps from one another.
At Casa Flora you’ll get the privilege of waking up to chirping birds and a view of Casa Bortoli (a MUST visit) which is extraordinarily rare in Venice. This place makes you feel Venetian, with all the most modern accommodations. Cook the fresh produce snatched from the market that day in a kitchen made for sharing, have an aperitivo at the nearby Campo Santo Stefano, the most beautiful campo in Venice, or relax in your very own hammam (there are three in Casa Flora).
The three bedrooms at Casa Flora are named after family members (dog included): the Elsa (named after their Rhodesian Ridgeback) in shades of mauve with view of the Salute Church, the Noah (named after their son) a spacious large and quiet room in cerulean blue tones and the Alma room (named after their daughter) cosy and bright with yellow pastel tones. The kitchen has a nearly floating island where you can have a local chef cook or teach you how to cook, and the extremely luminous dining room holds a large uniquely textured mid-century wooden table. If during your stay, you find yourself enamoured by a particular piece of furniture, a fixture, or object in the casa, good news, the owners will put you in touch with the artisans who have made everything available for sale.
The Romanelli family’s concept of hospitality gives their guests impeccable spaces and service while supporting their city, their traditions and young artisans. The only doubt you will be left with at the end of your holiday is “How can I recreate this at home or better..can I move in?!”
A few segreti (secrets) from Gioele and Heiby:
Giacomo della Feluca
Campo Santo Stefano for aperitivo
Scuola Grande Di San Rocco