Restored by masters and polished to perfection, an outstanding 'piano nobile' in one of the most impressive Grand Canal palazzi in the entire city, offering exceptional levels of style, service and luxury coupled with breathtaking Grand Canal views stretching from the 'volta del canal' at Ca' Foscari to the Accademia Bridge and beyond
Venice Apartment 9
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Located in the Dorsoduro area in a wonderfully commanding position opposite Francois Pinault's Palazzo Grassi Museum of Modern Art and between the Accademia Bridge/Academy of Fine Arts and the Ca' Rezzonico Museum of 18th Century Art, the apartment lies within the glorious family-owned 15th Century Gothic 'Palazzo Loredan Dell’Ambasciatore', the birthplace of not one, but two ancient Doges of Venice – Leonardo Loredan (1501-21) and Francesco Loredan (1752-62).
After sitting patiently in wait for the completion of a meticulous two year restoration which skillfully recaptures all of its original splendour, this once hushed space once more rings aloud with the happy chatter of delighted guests captivated by its very special ambience, exquisite décor, unparalleled comforts and fine sense of history.
Offering memorable accommodation for up to nine guests, Venezia Sedici is on the first floor and has a Grand Canal water entrance for smooth as silk arrivals, departures and sightseeing trips by water taxi.
Furnishings throughout are a much-loved miscellany of 17th-19th Century family antiques intelligently integrated alongside modern and classic pieces and decorative features, many of them specially designed for the palazzo by the highly respected Florentine company ‘Archflorence’ (experts with impeccable credentials, whose work graces some of Italy’s finest properties). Sofas crafted by Florentine artisans are upholstered using traditional Venetian cloths while the description of room finishes reads like a Who’s Who of the very best in international interior design in which gorgeous Zoffany and Brunschwig wallpapers rub shoulders with sumptuous Fortuny fabrics and Farrow & Ball paints.
On entering the fully air-conditioned apartment, guests arrive at the capacious light-filled space of the formal ‘salone’ where Venetian terrazzo flooring and the lofty beamed ceiling provide a fabulously jaw-dropping framework to intricate 18th Century gilded wall sconces , twinkling Murano chandeliers hung high from above and one of the most priceless features of the piano nobile, if not the entire palazzo - the stunning fairy tale Venetian Gothic windows opening directly onto a long marble balcony overlooking the Grand Canal. Come play Doge of all you survey…
To the right of the salone and also overlooking the Grand Canal sits a regal yet comfy and tall ceilinged sitting room bedecked in antiques and rich golden fabrics and where 18th Century Venetian mirrors in gold leaf (a fashion of that bygone age and crafted by one of a select number of ‘Lacador’ artisans) sit beside plump teal blue velvet-soft sofas and two intriguing collections - one of antique wax seal stamps sourced at auction in London and the other a cherished family treasury of silver boxes from Russia and China, all cleverly displayed within a handmade Roman crystal glass table.
To the left of the salone sits the main dining room also fronting the Grand Canal - a vision of Venetian poise and elegance where the formal table for twelve, perfectly attired in custom-made Chiarastella Cattana linens, requests the pleasure of your company within the rich deep red walls hung with graceful gilded sconces and a ‘capriccio’ of carved wooden Roman churches collected during family travels to Marrakech.
The breakfast room beyond seats eight and is perfect for more informal dining and light snacks during your stay, while adjoining it lies the beautifully designed deluxe contemporary style kitchen where bespoke brushed oak units, smart matt black marble work surfaces plus a central free-standing wooden butcher’s block sit alongside a major new discovery within the palazzo - an original 15th Century fireplace lain hidden for centuries and uncovered to the delight of all during the recent restoration (an amazing find now protected and displayed for posterity behind a transparent screen). There’s a professional Viking double oven with 8 gas burner hob for aspiring chefs (or, should you wish, our own in-house chef ), an American style fridge freezer with an ice machine for keeping those cocktails nicely chilled, as well as further appliances by Miele.
At the rear of the piano nobile lies a further sitting room overlooking the lush and leafy west-facing garden (a grassy inner-sanctum in a watery Venice) and a classic, cosy and familiar counterpoint to the impressive formal salone.
To one side lies the double master bedroom with a romantic four poster king size bed in a soothing blend of soft Wedgewood blues and milky whites with ruby red and velvet button back chaise-longue and its own luxurious bathroom with bathtub and shower over.
And to the other, the equally lovely second double bedroom in a fanciful bird and blossom print with a tester style king size bed and an en-suite luxury bathroom with shower.
Calm, welcoming and supremely relaxing, both bedrooms also overlook the garden.
To the centre of the apartment are two further bedrooms - a double and a twin. The first, understated and gorgeous in delicate dusky pinks and ivories with a king size bed and an en-suite bathroom with beautifully tiled shower, and the second, a Marco Polo fantasy of oriental Toile de Jouy, objet d’art and Chinese blues and lacquer reds in which two single canopied beds sit beneath a pretty vaulted ceiling and off which is a ‘secret’ corridor leading to its own private luxury bathroom with twin sinks, bathtub with shower over.
Near the kitchen is a further bathroom with shower while completing the accommodation (and accessed via a staircase from the kitchen) is a self-contained mezzanine suite - simply furnished with a single bed and with a separate spacious bathroom with shower. All bathrooms are fitted with soft lights, quality fittings and white Egyptian stone and feature deluxe Cattana bathroom linen, luxury soaps and excellent water pressure.
- Property Type
- Special Selection
- Deluxe World Class Property
- Within walking distance of a village
- Historic Property
Daily maid service and 24hr butler service on request.
Refundable Security Deposit: 3,000 Euro
Located in central Venice.
Recommended Local Restaurants
Venice requires a little more research into your resaturant choices than most Italian cities, due to the mass tourism, but good food is avialble, 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:
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. www.osterialletestiere.it/Testiere/Welcome.html 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. www.bistrotdevenise.com 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 www.ilridotto.com/02_homepage_ENG.htm 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. Expensive
L'Osteria di Santa Marina- Campo Santa Marina 5911, Venice, Italy (Castello) P. 041-528-5239 www.osteriadisantamarina.com 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.
Ristorante Quadri - Piazza San Marco 121 P. 041 528 9299 www.alajmo.it 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 reserve to have one of their tasting menus for lunch, at half price, by visiting their web page.
Anice Stellato-fondamenta della Sensa 3272, Cannaregio 3272 P. 041 720744 www.osterianicestellato.com 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 www.antichecarampane.com A typical trattoria 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.
Vecio Fritolin-Calle della Regina 2262 Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135 Tel. 041 5222881 www.veciofritolin.it 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 www.cortescontavenezia.it 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 www.dafiore.net/en/restaurant/ One Michelin star. One of the leading restaurants in Venice. Venetian seafood specialities. Very expensive.
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.
Met Restaurant-Riva degli Schiavoni 4149 30122 Venice P. 041 5240034 www.metrestaurantvenice.com. 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
Venissa-Fondamenta Santa Caterina 3, 30142 Isola di Mazzorbo P. 041 52 72 281 http://venissa.it/en/ristorante/#prenotazioni. 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.
Antica Osteria Cera-via Marghera 24 30010 Lughetto P. 0415185009 www.osteriacera.it/cantina.asp 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.
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