The Donà Giovannelli – A Venetian palace

Originally home to Giorgione's 'The Tempest', this 6000m² palace features original ceilings with stucco decorations and multicoloured glass

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Located in the centre of the city, the palace is a few metres from Canal Grande

The rooms of this wonderful Venetian Palace, the Donà Giovannelli, adorned with stuccoes and paintings, were once home to one of the most famous and mysterious works in the history of art: Giorgione's The Tempest.

It has arrived here in 1875, when Venetian Prince Giuseppe Giovannelli bought it from the Manfrin noble family, paying it 127,000 liras and “snatching” it from Berlin's Museum, which had offered the same price but were not able to seal the deal due to a late payment.

The painting stayed in the prince's home for sixty years, until the family's low wealth forced them to sell it to The Italian State for 5 million liras. From then on, The Tempest has hung in the Gallerie dell’Accademia.

Palazzo Donà Giovannelli is a marvellous estate in Venice. Located in the centre of the city, a few metres from Canal Grande, built between the 15th and 16th centuries and owned by famous noble families from Venice and beyond: in 1538, it was gifted to Francesco Maria della Rovere, duke of Urbino, who made his home here.

Currently a private home, this building is perfect to be converted in a stunning luxury hotel in one of Italy's most beautiful cities.


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Being located at the confluence of two streams, it has two façades: the main one is an imposing and spectacular Late-Venetian-Gothic front; the second is 40 metres long and features a mix of different periods.

A monumental door leads to a central courtyard with the historic five-storey palace built around it; it measures 6125m² overall and has over 700m² of gardens, porticoes and courtyards. An octagonal staircase leads to the upper floor, including the “piano nobile”, which was once home to Prince Giovannelli and which, measuring 1300m², is the biggest in Venice.

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Located in the centre of the city, the palace is a few metres from Canal Grande

The original gilded ceilings decorated with stuccoes and paintings, the multi-coloured windows, and the mosaic floors create a unique and timeless atmosphere.Information from Lionard Luxury Real Estate

Sep 14, 2017
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