By Lauren Jade Hill
Built across more than 100 small islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is unlike any other city across the world. Here, Renaissance and Gothic palaces line the Grand Canal, which leads to San Marco Square and the iconic Basilica San Marco. Now, with the imminent opening of a new water taxi terminal near the private jet terminal of Marco Polo Airport, traveling here is easier than ever, making the city’s luxury property even more desirable.
As a pristine example of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio’s work, Villa Cornaro is of particular historic importance as well as beauty. The property lies to the northwest of Venice in the village of Piombino Dese, and is the reason many visitors set out on a journey to the villa’s rural setting. After being bought in 1969, the villa was renovated over a period of 20 years, after which new owners arrived, and subsequently, in 1996, the historic property became a part of the “Palladian Villas of the Veneto” Unesco World Heritage Site. Now the extraordinary property is available to buy again, giving a new owner the opportunity to be a part of this great legacy.
In a coveted location on the Venice Lido, this neo-Gothic villa commands impressive views over Venice. Originating from the 19th century and restored to the highest standard, the classic villa now combines its original architectural features with luxurious décor and modern amenities. The property is spread across 1,000 square meters of interior space, with an additional 1,000 square meters of garden making the most of the location’s views. Seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms are encompassed within the villa, with sprawling living areas on the ground floor, and a mansarda space featuring an altana terrace upstairs. In its canalside position, the property is easy to access by boat, and has the potential to feature a private boat mooring for a yacht of up to 30 meters.
While Venetian architecture is celebrated for the way in which it reflects the city’s heritage, there are a select few properties that excel for their contemporary design too. This contemporary penthouse exhibits modern architectural design, within a 19th-century listed industrial building on Giudeca. And while it’s the beautifully designed space that makes the first impression, it’s the views that come a close second. An oval design has been created within the loft space, which is spread across three floors, furnished, and filled with works of art. In addition to the two bedrooms, four bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living space, the penthouse features two terraces with a north-side bamboo garden and a south-side rose garden.