Ca’ Desdemona is part of a set of 3 apartments restored completely and furnished in 2016. This is the smallest apartment of the 3 and it has taken the name form the famous Lyric singer and stage actress Romilda Pantaleoni (1847-1917) that was an Italian soprano who had a prolific opera career in Italy during the 1870s and 1880s. She sang a wide repertoire that encompassed bel canto roles, Italian and French grand opera, verismo operas, and the German operas of Richard Wagner. She became particularly associated with the roles of Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele and in the title role in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda; two roles which she performed opera houses throughout Italy. She is best remembered today for originating the roles of Dedemona in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello (1887) and Tigrana in Giacomo Puccini’s Edgar (1889). Universally admired for her acting skills as well as her singing abilities, Pantaleoni was compared by several critics to the great Italian stage actress Eleonora Duse.
The apartment has 2 double bedrooms and one of them can be transformed, like most rooms of this apartments’ complex, in a twin bedroom. There are two full bathrooms and a living and kitchen area. Air-conditioning, wi-fi, and utilities are provided at every rental and included in the price.
The apartment is on a first floor and there is only one se to stairs to reach the apartment. The location is just off Riva degli Schiavoni and behind the “Chiesa della Pieta” very well-known as it was the church of Vivaldi and beside the Palace where Petrarca lived. At the exit in Riva degli Schiavoni you are just in front of the vaporetto stops for Lido and the islands and walking towards your left you reach the Biennale exhibitions and gardens within 10 minutes. On the right side there is San Mark’s square that is about the same distance, 10 minutes, and therefore, all the main amenities of Venice such as Palazzo Corner, Palazzo Ducale, the Marciana library and the Prisons. You can also visit nearby the Cathedral of San Marco, the tower clock and the tower of San Marco. The vaporettos takes you in 15 minutes to Accademia where there are the other main museums such as Accademie delle Belle Arti, The Solomon-Guggenheim collection, Punta Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Palazzo Franchetti and Palazzo Giustinian.