Palazzo Castello

A totally unique, stand alone, 7 bedroom, historic palazzo, just completely renovated by one of Italy's top designers, is done in a contemporary style. World class in every sense. A one of a kind property in Venice.

Venice Villa 16

 A charming four story Venetian Palazzo with a water front and private deck. The renovation was a couple years ago by a renowned designer and features a contemporary take on tradional Venetian design.  Three kitchens, gym with small pool & hot tub. Three living areas on the first floor and on the loft. Five dining areas. Electricity, air conditioning, house heating and Wi-Fi broadband access are included. Rarely does one have the opportunity to rent a whole palazzzo as one unit. The building is all yours!

Depicted by Canaletto and Guardi, Palazzo Castello stands beside a 16th century church designed by Palladio and a 15th century bell tower by Codussi. With stunning views in every direction and private deck on the canal for your private water taxis.  Palazzo Castello is a very special discovery. The church of San Pietro in Castello was for more than 500 years, up until 1807, the patriarchal church of Venice and seat of the religious authority in the adjacent Palazzo del Patriarca. It is located between the two major exhibition centers in Venice, Giardini della Biennale and Arsenale. This is the perfect destination for those who wish to discover the "real Venice" and escape the crowds of tourists. From this palazzo guests have the privileged opportunity to be taken to the secret hidden gems inside Venice as well as beyond to the islands and the nearby hinterland.  You can opt for two private water taxis, so guests one can move in comfort and style! At Palazzo Castello you can eat or have drinks outside on the campo (means square in Venetian) in front of the church, on the private deck on the water, on the first floor terrace, on the loft or on the altana (wooden terrace above the roof) overlooking Venice. Inside, can only be described as "as an amazing!"  Successful and well known interior designer, Ilaria has created another gem. Not only has this palazzo been cleverly and thoughtfully restored in keeping with its tradition but it has also been furnished and decorated with absolutely exquisite style. Nothing has been left wanting. Spacious bedrooms with fabulous modern en suite bathrooms, kitchens on each level (total of 3) with the principal one on the ground floor equipt for catering for anything from cookery classes to large events, to die for ‘altanas’ (decks & terraces) where one can relax with a chilled prosecco and watch the movement of boats on the canals.  With their fabulous connections, the owners of this palazzo can give guests the opportunity to visit the most exclusive and private palazzi, dine in the very best hidden away restaurants and meet all manner of interesting artists and writers. Once you have been to Palazzo Castello it is guaranteed you will not want to leave! The luxurious yet homely and warm surroundings, the views from the decks, the delicious meals and the magic of staying in this palazzo cannot be matched anywhere in the world!

Electricity, air conditioning, house heating and Wi-Fi broadband access are included.

Property can sleep up to 16, including a spacious loft for 4 teenagers.

This property can be rented for as little as four nights, and additional discounts are available for rentals of two or three weeks. Please email, or call us.

7 bedrooms/9 bathrooms  (3 double bedrooms + 2 twin bedrooms + 1 double + a single bed) 4 single beds in the loft   10,000 sq. ft.

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  • Within walking distance of a village
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  • Indoor hot tub

Ground Floor

Main entrance leads to the stairs and lift. On the right small entrance hall, hallway and main kitchen. Stairs (four steps) lead to the cavanna (ancient boat shelter) a 1000 sq feet vaulted room that can be used for dining in 50 people, conferences, meetings, dancing, music, cinema etc. The room is also accessible from the main entrance. Beyond the cavanna gym with shower in small bathroom, heated pool/hot tub. Doors open to tiny garden and boat yard.

First Floor

Through staircase (or lift) you will reach the 2nd kitchen, dining room, 2 living rooms, 2 bedrooms each with en suite. Lift arrives directly on dining/living. Three doors lead to large terrace overlooking the water.

Second Floor

Master bedroom with water views, a large tub and a balcony overlooking the Palladian church, second bedroom has a Turkish bath, two more bedrooms, each with en suite accommodation. Loft: reachable by stairs or lift it has a third kitchen with eating on counter, living spaces, bathroom, and living area with four sofa beds for sleeping up to 4 teenagers or a couple. Stairs lead to 150 sq. feet roof terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views over Venice, having dinner or drinks.


The adjacent boatyard has been acquired. Its 4,000 sq. feet covered space and 1,000 sq. feet large quay make it an ideal space for exhibitions, large parties and events.


Any type of staff and service can be provided at a very reasonable extra charge; maids, cooks, waiters, butler.


Damage deposit of $3,500 to be held against valid credit card.


Property is located within a 15 minute walk from San Marco in central Venice and near a public vaporetto should you not want to walk. At the same time it is in a non-touristy area of the city, populated primarily by locals, a haven from the tourist hordes.

Recommended Local Restaurants

Venice requires a little more research into your restaurant choices than most Italian cities, due to the  mass tourism, but good food is available, in some cases very good, but usually not at bargain prices. In any case, you can't go wrong at any of our suggestions below:

Within 5-8 minute walk

Trattoria Nuova Speranza-Campo Ruga 145, Tel +39 041 528 5225  Informal place, where you can get a local meal. or just a coffee, beer, or Amperol Spritz. Very local in a quiet location just a 3 minute walk from the villa. Inexpensive

Hostaria All'Ombra-Sestiere Castello, 1252   Tel  +39 041 523 1179  Restaurant and pizzeria, very convenient. One of the better of the many restaurants on Via Giuseppi Garibaldi. Moderate prices

Nevodi-Sestiere Castello 1788  Tel +39 041 241 1136   Nice, informal place catering promarily to locals. Good food. One of the better of the many restaurants on Via Giuseppi Garibaldi. Moderate prices. 

10-15 Minute Walk

CoVino-Calle del Pestrin Castello, 3829a-3829 30122  Tel. +39 041 2412705  Tiny CoVino has only 14 seats but demonstrates bags of ambition with its inventive, seasonal menu inspired by the Venetian terroir. Speciality products are selected from Slow Food Foundation producers, and the charming waiters make enthusiastic recommendations from the interesting wine list. Only the set menu is available at dinner, but there's an à la carte selection at lunch. Moderate prices

Orher areas of Venice

Ai Artisti-Fondamenta della Toletta 1169A.  P. 041-5238944. Great family owned osteria/enoteca. Moderate prices.

Alle Testiere-Calle del Mondo Novo 5801.  P. 041-5227220.  A refined "bacaro", which has wooden tables, simple facilities and nice informal atmosphere; only fish dishes, well prepared and imaginative. Only seats about 25, so be sure to reserve. Upper moderate prices.

Le Bistrot de Venise-4685 Calle dei Fabbri  P. 041-5236651.  Primarily Venetian food and specializing in historical recipies from the 14th to 18th century. Upper moderate to expensive.

Il Ridotto-Castello 4509, 30122 Venice  P. 041 5208280  One Michelin Star. This gourmet restaurant is housed in a simple, minimalist dining room and is a far cry from the usual tourist clichés. It focuses all its attention on the quality of its cuisine and serves reinterpretations of classic Venetian dishes with an emphasis on fish. One of the top three fine dining experiences in Venice. Expensive

L'Osteria di Santa Marina- Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy (Castello) P. 041-528-5239  This classy inn is managed by young professionals who serve seafood and traditional dishes, but they also offer some interesting culinary innovations. Upper moderate to Expensive.L'Osteria di Santa Marina- Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy (Castello) P. 041-528-5239  This classy inn is managed by young professionals who serve seafood and traditional dishes, but they also offer some interesting culinary innovations. Upper moderate to Expensive.

Riviera-Dorsoduro 1473, Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Lungo, 30123  Tel  39 041 522 7621 A true passion for food meets expertise in this classy restaurant with pavement tables overlooking the Giudecca canal. There can be few more romantic places for a meal. Riviera is hugely popular with anyone who values cuisine which manages to be excellent and very refined without tipping over into pretension. The menu is dictated by what's fresh and seasonal. The raw seafood antipasti melt in the mouth, the fish is cooked to perfection. They do mouth-watering things with meat and game too, but options for vegetarians are limited. If you're looking to push the boat out, the seven-course Venezia seafood tasting menu (€105 a head without wine) is a real treat. To top it all off, the service from owner GP Cremonini and his team is friendly but extremely professional and the wine list contains some gems. A former musician, GP arranges occasional live music in the small, homely interior: check the restaurant's Facebook page or call for details.

Ristorante al Giubagio-Fondamenta Nuove, Cannareggio 5039 Tel +39 041 52 36 084  From a small bar to a charming and romantic restaurant with its elegant and refined design, attention to every detail is a "must" for the welcoming staff of the Giubagiò Restaurant. Warm and intimate, located along the water on the north side of the lagoon facing toward the Islands of Murano and Burano, during summer you can take advantage of the attractive terrace with great views of Venice Lagoon. Nice wine list and tasting menus. Upper Moderate

Ristorante Quadri-Piazza San Marco 121  P. 041 528 9299  Above Quadri Cafe in St Mark's Square. One Michelin star. Now run by the Alajmo family - renowned restaurant owners from Padua(earned three Michelin stars there) - the Quadri is one of Venice's 'gastronomic monuments'. It is housed in one of the most photographed palazzi in the city and adorned with stucco decor, Murano glass and fine fabrics. Beautifully presented, creative cuisine made from the best quality ingredients. Modern interpretations of Venetian classics. Almost perfect service. This is one of Venice's best. Get dressed up and go for the great food, atmosphere and experience, but beware if you're on a budget. The cafe downstairs, though touristy, now serves probably the best coctails in Venice. Very expensive, but if you plan in advance, you can sometimes reserve to have one of their tasting menus for lunch, at half price, by visiting their web page.

Osteria Enoteca San Marco-Frezzeria - San Marco 1610  Tel 39 041 528 52 42  Located just a few steps from Piazza San Marco, this place used to be an old inn that has been recently transformed into a restaurant and wine bar with a casual yet elegant ambiance. The kitchen is open from 12.30 to 23.00 allowing you to enjoy dishes all day long, from the contemporary style menu or a glass from a selection of more than 300 wines. Moderate

Anice Stellato-fondamenta della Sensa 3272, Cannaregio 3272  P. 041 720744   Delicious fried fish and vegetables, as well as other tasty seafood specialities are served in this restaurant, which is slightly off the beaten track and always full of Venetians. The wine bottles on display add to the attractive and informal ambience. Moderate prices

Antiche Carampane-San Polo, 1911.  T. 041-5240165  A typical trattoria, very highly regarded by locals, in business for over a century, with a friendly, convivial atmosphere and a menu announced at your table. This restaurant has seen an increase in quality over recent years, while still remaining faithful to the same Venetian fish dishes, including the house speciality, spaghetti in cassopipa (spaghetti in a spicy shellfish sauce). Upper Moderate.

Ristorante Local-Salizada dei Greci 3303  Tel +39 041 5222170  Newly opened restaurant run by and made for lovers of good food, traditions and for everything that's local. The dishes will represent the seasons, the farmers and the ecosystem of the Venetian lagoon. The wines will express the perfect imperfections of the terroir and the soul of the winemakers. Upper moderate pricing  

Do Forni-Calle dei Specchieri, San Marco 468  Tel +39 041 523 2148  They serve excellent Venetian seafood specialties in two dining rooms, one of which is nicer than the other. It is often frequented by Venetians. It can be a little pricey but worth it!

Ristorante al Covo-Castello 3968  P. 041 5223812   Great seafood, close to St Marks. Some outside tables. Expensive

Vecio Fritolin-Calle della Regina 2262 Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135  Tel. 041 5222881  Creative seafood preparations. They also keep up the tradition of offering "scartosso di pesse", a paper cone full of hot, freshly fried fish. For only 10 Euro to go.  Restaurant in the expensive range.

Corta Sconta-Calle del Pestrin Castello, 3886  Tel. 041 522 7024  Included in most Venetians short list of top restaurants. Try the house antipasto, just a huge amount of extaordinary food. Expensive

Da Fiore-alle del Scaleter 2202/A, San Polo 30125  P. (041) 721308   One Michelin star.  One of the leading restaurants in Venice. Venetian seafood specialities. Very expensive.

Met Restaurant-Riva degli Schiavoni 4149 30122 Venice P. 041 5240034  One Michelin Star.  At the Hotel Metropole. Very creative cuisine, based on Venetian traditions,  served, in fair weather in the hotels beautiful garden. Very Expensive

Antica Osteria Cera-via Marghera 24 30010 Lughetto P. 0415185009   2 Michelin  stars.  Located 11 miles from central Venice, on the mainland. Wonderfully and simply prepared seafood. This is about as good as sefaood gets. Expensive at dinner, but almost moderate at lunch.

On the Lagoon Islands

Locanda Cipriani-Piazza Santa Fosca 29 30142 Torcello, Venezia Italy  P.  041 730150  Great little country reataurant on the Venetian island of Torcello. It makes a great lunch excursion to visit Torcello, followed by a leisurely lunch here. Upper moderate to expensive.

Osteria Al Ponte del Diavolo-Fondamenta Borgognoni 10/11, 30142 Torcello  Tel +39041730401  Another great choice on Torcello. Highly regarded. Moderate prices

Villa 600-Fdm. Borgognoni no 12, Torcello  Tel.  041 52.722.54  Nice food.  Moderate prices.

Acquastanca-Fondamenta Manin 48 Murano Island  Tel  041 319 51 25  A modern sensibility imbues both the decor and the menu at this wonderful little restaurant. A knowing array of old-fashioned Murano mirrors adorns a wall, while birds perch on artfully arranged twigs on another. Seafood features prominently on a menu that includes fresh flavour-filled takes on the classic Venetian bean soup, octopus with chickpeas and a panoply of pasta. Moderate prices

Venissa-Fondamenta Santa Caterina 3, 30142 Isola di Mazzorbo  P. 041 52 72 281  This, plainly, is a very special place, located on the island of Mazzorbo. It is on the vapporetto line, the stop before Burano. Here vines are grown and wine produced, as well as vegetables.  A piece of rural life, right in Venice. The restaurant usses many of the ingredients produced here and is just excellent. It has, indeed, earned one Michelin star. Not to be missed. Expensive. As an alternative, a more affordable and less formal companion piece to its Michelin-starred sister, Venissa Osteria at the same location is an upmarket osteria offering updates on Venetian classics such as marinated fish, duck pasta and bigoli (thick wholemeal pasta with anchovies). For an extra treat, splash out on a glass of Dorona, the prestigious golden-hued wine varietal only grown here. Make sure you save room for some of Venice's best desserts. Moderate prices at the Osteria.

Trattoria Alla Maddalena-Fondamenta Santa Caterina Mazzorbo 7/b, 30142 Mazzorbo  Tel +39 041 730151   Located a short walk from the Mazzorbo's vaporetto stop, here you can savor fish, game and the first fruits of the season. Moderate prices

Al Gatta Nero-Fondamenta Giudecca 88, 30142 Burano  Tel 39 041 730 120  It's not just the photogenic canalside location that marks out this long-running Burano trattoria. For half a century now they've fed everyone from the local postman to famous Burano resident Philippe Starck by selecting the best and the freshest of the morning seafood catch and using it to make perfect versions of local specialities like risotto con i gò ('gò' are gobies, a small but tasty Adriatic fish) or a fritto misto (mixed seafood fry-up) so light it could almost convert me to fried food. The interior is charmingly unreconstructed, but in warm weather the few outside tables are the ones to book. For such a humble place, the wine list is surprisingly well structured.

Riva Rosa-Via San Mauro 296, 30142 Burano  Tel  39 041 730 850  There are few better places for a romantic lunch in Venice than this delightful seafood restaurant on the lace island of Burano. The family that owns the place is part of the dynasty that owns the Emilia lace brand, and the elegantly feminine décor is a good advertisement for their design sense. The chef takes the day's seafood catch and turns it into excellent, unfussy Venetian dishes like risotto al gò (with goby, a local fish), spaghetti with clams and mussels, turbot baked with potatoes. It's not cheap, but you're paying for the position, the canalside tables, the professional service, and the sheer quality of the ingredients. If you're looking to pop a question – or simply want to impress your better half – they have a panoramic single table for two on the altana, or roof terrace, which can be booked, with dedicated waiter service, for an all-in price of €150 a head, wine included.




Most of the year.


Prices include all taxes, agency fees, foreign exchange fees, and credit card fees.

2018 - Weekly Prices

Jan 08 - Mar 24 $18,500 Weekly

Mar 24 - Nov 05 $29,500 Weekly

Nov 05 - Dec 21 $18,500 Weekly

Dec 21 - Jan 06 $29,500 Weekly

Biennale Pre-Opening(minimum stay one week)

- $35,300 Weekly

2018 - Monthly Prices

Jan 08 - Mar 24 $53,100 Monthly

Mar 24 - Nov 05 $89,000 Monthly

Nov 05 - Dec 21 $53,100 Monthly

Contact us for 2 and 3 week rental prices.



The Palazzo was just mesmerizing! It was jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Andrea was terrific as was Michaela. The location was quiet and away from the maddening crowds. The availability of the water taxis was key for some of our travel companions. Our group really had a wonderful time and felt like we were in a very special place. Donata, the recommended tour guide, was a gem. Our day turned out to be fantastic! ... she was really worth every penny in the end. Thanks, as always for everything. We saw a side to Venice we would have otherwise missed, and loved every minute of it!  -Nancy B. Potomac, MD

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