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Built in the 16th century, this beautiful and important Dorsoduro palazzo is tucked away in one of the most tranquil areas of Venice, yet conveniently close to the Zattere and to the church of San Sebastiano, Veroneses masterpiece. I have walked past this house many times but I could never have imagined how beautiful is it inside. Hidden Venice at its best.
Originally belonging to a branch of the noble family which gave Venice seven Doges, and where Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, was ordained, it has been extremely well maintained over several centuries.
The façade has recently been returned to its original purity and elegance thanks to a complete restoration comprising both the roof and facades, while fully respecting not only the original Renaissance architecture but also modern day techniques.
This very well proportioned and highly satisfying home represents two whole main floors of the palazzo, comprising not only extensive formal living areas but more intimate rooms, elegant bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as an incredible kitchen, service areas, and a divine 350 mq walled garden. There is also a boat jetty.
At ground floor level the private main entrance from the Fondamenta opens into the most breathtaking and elegant androne entrance hall, leading both to the stunning glass garden doors and to the internal formal staircase for the piano nobile. Three bedrooms here, of which two look directly on to the garden, 3 bathrooms, and powder room for guests.
The 1st floor piano nobile with its 3.5m ceilings has an equally impressive central large lounge-portego with neoclassical pilasters, a series of sitting rooms, 2 bedrooms en suite, dining room(one overlooking the garden), large 'chefs' kitchen.
The whole property is magnificent in its style and feel - beyond anything I have seen in Venice over many years - utterly grand, utterly liveable. A world apart.