The enclosed courtyard with the water gate

The historic palazzo, Garzoni Moro, which is located on the famous Grand Canal in Venice, dates back to the mid-15th century. Originally having been commissioned by a wealthy family of merchants, it became the property of the Garzoni family in the 1600’s. Acclaimed as one the Republic of Venice’s most illustrious families, they maintained their remarkable tenure there for centuries, having first arrived in Venice from Bologna in the 13th Century. has now been converted back to its original residential use, having most recently been used by the Universita Ca’ Fascari.

As an emblem of power and wealth, the Palace housed the library of Pietro Garzoni – the grandson of the family’s founder and an eminent historian – in one of its grand halls at the time of “La Serenissima”, thereby securing the palace as a symbol of the city of Venice.

Garzoni Moro has always had a privileged link with Venice. In the eighteenth century it was selected by Canaletto, the most famous painter of Venetian cityscapes, for a singular panorama that looks out from the palazzo toward Rialto.

Gruppo Motterle of Vicenza, active for more than fifty years in the development of prestigious historical buildings, spearheaded the restoration and renovation of the palazzo. Developed over a surface of 3,600 square meters and in a special position with respect to the other palazzos on the Grand Canal, Garzoni Moro has a late-Gothic facade with 216 windows. The interior now features reception areas and prestigious residential units with 18 apartments in total.

The apartments located in the historic palazzo will feature the latest facilities

The internal courtyard provides an ornamental garden, a rarity among palazzos on the Grand Canal. The building can be accessed on three sides. In addition to the distinctive Renaissance water access with a mooring on the Grand Canal, it has three water access points on the Rio Garzoni side and four foot access points on the Calle Garzoni.

The historic and artistic aspects of the building have been retained, with the addition of modern facilities, and helping to bring new life back to the palazzo. Quality of life and comfort are catered to by the buildings’ highly liveable spaces: light, soundproofing and insulation, ensured by double walls in a special plaster material in all of the rooms; integrated surveillance and security systems, and interactive systems for customising lighting, sound and other features.

Leading design houses Rubelli, Venini and Arc Linea have been involved in the styling and finish of the apartments. Buyers have the option to work with the Rubelli design team on their Venetian home and realize their own personal style.

While Garzoni Moro is in a central location, it is also hidden away from the most touristic areas of Venice. Arrival is easy, either via water taxi, water bus, or on foot from Piazzale Roma, ending with a short gondola ride from San Tomà to Calle Garzoni. It is also just 10 minutes on foot from San Marco, while it is located in the immediate vicinity of Campo Santo Stefano and Campo Sant’Angelo=.

The palazzo features eight apartments with either one of two bedrooms

Ann Marie Doyle, Director Venice Sotheby’s said: “This is a charming and beautifully restored palazzo with a special intimate feel – wrapped around a delightful enclosed courtyard with water gate, and with all the original features of this building beautifully preserved. The restoration is highly sensitive to its original roots, and yet incorporates all modern conveniences and features, including marble bathrooms. The show apartment by Rubelli is a perfect example of how contemporary styling can fuse with original interiors to create a high level yet comfortable second or third home.”

There are currently eight apartments offered for sale at Garzoni Moro, with either one or two bedrooms. Prices start from €480,000 rising to €2,200,000 and viewings are strictly by appointment through the vendor’s sole agent, Venice Sotheby’s International Realty.

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