This beautiful piano nobile is on the first floor of Palazzo Donà Brusa, apparently the first home of the aristocratic Donà family.
The beginnings of Palazzo Donà date back to the early 14th century. It is most likely the time of the entrance portal with its decorative friezes, marked by the visible influence of Byzantine art. Another interesting example of Early Gothic is the courtyard, with an open staircase and a well in the middle.
The somehow hidden from the outside piano nobile Palazzo Donà has a unique wooden Gothic vaulted ceiling, a Byzantine and Gothic quadrifora (four-light window) leading to the outdoor courtyard and the flooring done in the pastellone technique. The long and rich history of the palace is closed by the artistic family of painters and writers named Fonseca.
The piano nobile is composed of: a wide and impressive entrance reception room of approx. 40 sqm, a large living room of approx. 60 sqm; both of these sunny rooms enjoy an open view of the San Polo square and feature pastellone floorings and tall and decorated beamed ceilings. On the same level of the reception and living rooms there is a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, featuring a relaxing and comfortable steam room. In the reception room there is an hidden door that opens onto an internal staircase leading to a laundry room and toilet. Another staircase at the back of the reception room leads to a mezzanine level composed of a small sofa area overlooking the reception room, a double bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom.
Going to the rear of the piano nobile there is a kitchen-diner with storage room, a second master bedroom of approx. 60 sqm facing a tranquil canal, another bedroom, a studio room, both towards the canal, and a bathroom. On the rear there is a second entrance to the apartment.
The property has also a private courtyard featuring Gothic vaults, an open staircase and a well in the middle.
From the courtyard there is access to a private storage room, a small but charming under-stair chapel, and to the dependence apartment in the mezzanine, which is composed of a wide living room with terrazzo flooring and beamed ceiling, a bedroom and a bathroom.
The property is full of typically Venetian characteristics such as high and decorated beamed ceilings, pastellone and terrazzo flooring, beautiful gothic windows, private courtyard with marble well, and Byzantine portal.
The property is in Campo San Polo, close to the Rialto Bridge and within moments of a rich variety of shops aimed at satisfying both visitor and residential needs, including two small supermarkets, the world-famous fresh fruit, vegetable and fish markets at Rialto and its surrounding specialist food stores.
Close to an excellent variety of cafes, bars, osterie and bacari including Cantina Do Mori, Al Marcà and All’ Arco, as well as some of the most well-known names on the Venice restaurant scene including Antiche Carampane, Da Fiore, Bancogiro, Al Paradiso and Alla Madonna.
The property is also conveniently located between two ‘vaporetto’ (water bus) stops on the Grand Canal: San Tomà and San Silvestro, allowing easy access to all parts of Venice and to the Lido, and to two ‘Traghetto’ gondola ferries crossing the Grand Canal to the district of San Marco.
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