In sestiere Cannaregio, on the banks of the Grand Canal and two steps from Santa Lucia train station, majestic 430-sqm luxury apartment on the first floor of a restored historic palazzo. The property, finely restored and maintained, currently hosts three bedrooms (one of which overlooking the Grand Canal), three bathrooms and a beautiful hall decorated with plaster and frescoes.
The Santa Lucia train station is just 600 m from the property and allows quickly reaching the mainland, with all the cities of Northern Italy readily at hand. Venice’s airport is just 8 km away from the city.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDINGS
The apartments (430 sqm – 4,627 sqft, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms) is located on the first floor of a beautiful recently-restored noble palazzo.
After getting to the floor, entering the main door one reaches an entrance hall leading into the beautiful hall (over 100 sqm) with a double-height ceiling and a balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. From here, one can enter the master bedroom overlooking the Grand Canal and featuring beautiful plaster decorations and brocaded walls.
Getting back to the hall, one can pass into two reception halls. From the second one, several door leads to other spots of the apartment. One leads back into the entrance hallway where there are two bathrooms, while another gives access to the dining room and from here to the modern kitchen (recently renovated and with wooden, steel and black marble furniture).
From the living room, a second door leads into the night area, where one can find two double bedrooms and the third bathroom.
The palazzo housing the apartment dates back to the 14th century and was built by order of an important Paduan family. The current building is the result of a series of reworking, expansions and reconstructions carried out over the centuries and ended in the 17th century. The interiors have been enriched and embellished with masterworks financed in the 18th century by the owners of that period (a member of the same family was also a notable senator of the Republic of Venice in the first half of the 19th century). The walls of the apartments, including the one we are talking about, are still nowadays decorated with works by important Venetian painters such as Giovanni Scajario (1726-1792), Jacopo Guarana (1720-1808) and Francesco Zugno (1709-1787).
Particularly interesting is a series of allegoric frescoes narrating the story of Aeneas and Dido, found in the main hall and painted by Giustino Menescardi (1720-1779) between 1760 and 1764.
The palazzo, as we see it today, is laid over three floors. The façade, painted in white and well recognizable, features two contrasting styles: the leftmost wing features a typical Venetian Gothic style, while the rightmost wing (clearly later) dates back to the Renaissance.
WHAT TO SEE IN VENICE
From the property, located close to the Ponte degli Scalzi, one can easily reach on foot the most famous monuments and landmarks of Venice. Ranked by distance we can find the Gothic church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (800 m; 10’), the famous and unmistakable Ponte di Rialto (1.6 km; 20’) crossing the Canal Grande, Calle Varisco (1.7 km; 20’), one of the narrowest alleys in the world (just 53 cm wide!), the prestigious theater “La Fenice” (1.7 km; 20’), the Gallerie dell’Accademia (1.8 km; 20’), Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (1.9 km; 25’) with the Chiesa di Zanipolo and the equestrian monument dedicated to Bartolomeo Colleoni, the Scala del Bovolo (2.1 km; 20’), part of the beautiful Palazzo Contarini, the unique and beautiful Piazza San Marco (2.2 km; 20’) with the homonym Basilica and the imposing Palazzo Ducale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (2.2 km; 25’) and finally the fortified Arsenal (2.8 km; 35’) whose work allowed Venice to dominate the Mediterranean Sea for centuries.