No city in Europe has more palaces spread over such a broad area, both on the Grand Canal and in other parts of the town, than does Venice. The principal cities of Italy; Rome, Florence, Naples, Milan, Genoa , Bologna, Verona, Padua and Pavia one will find four or six buildings that truly merit the title of Palace. But in Venice one can name almost one hundred. All of them both ancient and modern , are magnificent and large in their structure and ornamentation. Venice is a magical, romantic place. Totally unique on the planet. Here is one of the ancient palaces which can be found in Venetian Palaces by Alvise Zorzi.
Palazzo Pisani – Moretta represents one of the most important families in Venice up to and after the fall of the Republic. The descendents of Nicolo Pisani were prominent in banking as well as commerce and their wealth survived for many centuries.
Two views of the great stairway. It is most rare to find stairways on such a monumental scale in Venetian palaces. This was constructed between 1739 and 1742.
The enormous and opulent portego with frescoes by Jacopo Guarana and chandeliers made in Murano.
Stuccoed ceiling detail.
Some personal favorites from the Section on Palaces From The Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries.
The columns must be wood. They really stand out in this all stone space. This would be a terrific faux project. Also love the doors. I have been gathering a fabulous collection of interior doors which I will post soon.
The walls in this room are gilded leather (cuori d’oro). Notice the way the moulding runs along the wall and continues to the fireplace. Love that!
Palazzo Door guarded by two Atlases.
The striped pilings look great. I am on the water also and am going to have to do something with my pilings one day.
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