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September 2016 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

A Venetian Dream

With the 73rd Venice Film Festival currently making the city’s canals sparkle even more than usual, we’ve got full-on Italian glamour on our minds. But Hollywood’s annual descent on the mythical, magical watery metropolis is a fleeting one. Imagine actually owning a property there. Be still, our beating hearts! A classic Palazzo on the world renowned Grand Canal is up for grabs and it’s one utterly romantic affair. In fact, this was Sofia Loren’s chosen digs during the Venice Film Festival of 1955. If it’s good enough for Sofia…

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The Byzantine Palazzo is located mere moments from Campo Santo Stefano, Teatro La Fenice and the Ponte di Rialto, meaning this glorious 15th century property can add a to-die-for location to its credentials, too. This seriously plush pad, a third floor apartment, offers three grand reception rooms that look directly onto the glistening Grand Canal as well as the Aman Hotel – a beautiful bolthole favoured by George and Amal Clooney, no less. The apartment boasts a sprawling five bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a water gate and boat mooring facilities. Add to that a private lift, sunny terrace and pretty courtyard entrance, and you’ve got la dolce vita right there. €5.9 million, Venice Sotheby’s International Realty

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