Have you tried glamping in Italy? Glamping – also known as glamorous, or luxury camping is a great outdoor alternative to an ordinary hotel. The British love camping, but glamour is not usually part of the experience! If you plan to stay in the Veneto region then Glamping Canonici San Marco di Venice is a great option. Here in the beautiful countryside of Venice, just 20 minutes from the historic city, it has got the luxury outdoor lifestyle down to perfection.
Canonici di San Marco Venice, is the only true glamping site in Italy. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and spending a night in this five star under canvas experience is a unique experience.
Glamping holidays in Italy
The tents are set in beautiful grounds surrounded by orchards and corn fields. Four spacious individually designed glamping tents are pitched next to a restored medieval barchessa. A barchessa is a rural outbuilding typical of the architecture of the Venetian villa, designed to contain the working areas of the villa household.
The Canonici barchessa dates back to the 17th century. Within its exposed brick walls and original wooden beams it houses the charming breakfast room which used to be the tailor’s workshop. The breakfast room has beautiful antique handbags displayed on the wall as art. Other quirky touches include old sewing machines and an old stone sink for the cutlery. The barchessa also houses the kitchen and a wine cellar with a hand selected collection of fine local wines. The main atrium with its high ceiling can be used as a chic venue for events..
Glamping in Italy – the tents
The glamping site design and decor within both the barchessa and the tents is the creation of Emanuela Padoan and her business partner Monica Muneratti. The Barchessa and the land is the property of Monica’s husband, Alessandro Muneratti.
The interiors of the tents are an eclectic mix of traditional venetian and contemporary furnishings. Much of the furniture in the tents is from Bali where there is a sister glamping site near Ubud. Each tent in Bali even has its own swimming pool! The owners have amassed an amazing collection of beautiful furniture, crockery, artwork and artefacts from different places, which give this charming destination its quirky character.
This is no ordinary camping village! The tents are spacious with separate bathrooms and two of them even have separate living rooms. Hot water showers and indoor plumbing are in place and there’s even a mini bar! This ensures that it is a real pleasure to be able to sleep in such comfort close to nature. The tents are the Gelso, (Mulberry) the Bagolaro, (Hackberry) the Bamboo, and the Kaki (Persimmon)
The tents are full of nice quirky touches, showing great attention to detail. The Gelso tent features a delightful blossom tree hung with chandelier lights. A super efficient and safe pellet stove can easily heat the space on a chilly evening or early morning.
Glamping in Italy – how it started
Canonici di San Marco glamping was originally started in via Canonici of San Marco in the grounds of Emanuela’s own house! The site moved to this new location in Mirano in 2014 next to a magnificent 17th century barn (barchessa). It is in the peaceful countryside that stretches between the venetian lagoon and the Brenta River where the Doges and ancient noble venetian families had their summer homes.
Canonici di San Marco glamping first came to notice of the media when Guardian travel writer John Brunton, wrote an article on the top ten glamping sites in Europe and this one was in it! Other reviews followed in prestigious travel publications like Conde Nast Traveller.
Eating and drinking at Canonici di San Marco
The food at Canonici di San Marco is an important part of the overall experience. Everything available is of a high quality and locally sourced, including the vegetables and the wine! The welcome bottle of good Prosecco on arrival is a nice touch. Don’t miss the ‘chic picnic!’ Brought to your tent in a large picnic basket, it includes a hand selected wine from a small boutique vineyard, and two kinds of home made lasagne! Preserved home grown artichokes and olives from local olive trees and fresh tomatoes. Fresh meats and cheeses. Italian oranges, and fresh coffee and biscuits finish off your evening dinner in your beautiful tented hotel.
Breakfast is also delicious. Set in the old tailor’s sewing room there are enough sets of matching crockery for there to be a different one in the breakfast room every day for a whole week!
For breakfast there is creamy fresh milk, yoghurt, delicious cheeses and butter, all produced locally. Also sweet ham, fresh home made pastries and breads and the usual cereals, fresh fruit, home made jams and juices. It really is a treat.
Glamping in Northern Italy – what else to do?
Canonici di San Marco glamping is centrally located in the Veneto region. 20 minutes away from both Venice and Padua it is an ideal base for exploring further afield. The Brenta River nature park is also very close. You are near to the Prosecco road too, so why not visit some of the many vineyards that are open for wine tasting!? This is a great summer option for accommodation as it gets extremely hot and humid in Venice itself. Escape to the countryside, breathe the fresh air and have some space away from the tourist crowds!
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