VENICE, Italy, September 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
On the Grand Canal, in Venice, a fifteenth-century palazzo has been splendidly restored, and the first eight flats will be available for purchase starting in autumn 2014
It is called Palazzo Garzoni Moro. In Venice, on the Grand Canal, the most famous 'waterway' in the world, a noble historical palazzo with distinctive features is being converted back to its original residential use. This, in a property context where historical buildings are routinely turned into luxury hotels.
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Gruppo Motterle of Vicenza, active for more than fifty years in the development of prestigious historical buildings, spearheaded the restoration and renovation of this fifteenth-century palazzo, which belonged to the Garzoni dynasty, one of the most influential families in the Venetian Republic.
"We decided to preserve the building's residential character, with the ambition of offering buyers a unique residential opportunity in Venice, and an absolute unicum, unlike anything else in the world. Palazzo Garzoni Moro combines the charm of living in a prestigious historical building with all the comforts of contemporary living. In this sense it is an icon embodying the concept of a contemporary masterpiece of living," explains architect Eugenio Motterle, President of the group.
Developed over a surface of 3,600 square metres and in a special position with respect to the other palazzos on the Grand Canal, Palazzo Garzoni Moro has a majestic, luminous late-Gothic facade and 216 windows, which creates a unique osmosis between the building and the lagoon city. The interior features harmoniously arranged reception areas and prestigious residential units.
Starting this autumn, when the work is completed, 8 flats will be available, measuring between 100 and 200 square metres, targeted to high-level buyers, Italian and foreign.
Palazzo Garzoni Moro has always boasted a privileged link with Venice and its self image. In the eighteenth century it was selected by Canaletto, the most famous among painters of Venetian cityscapes, for a singular panorama that looks out from the palazzo toward Rialto, immortalised in an oil painting now displayed in the Dresden museum. At the time, the residence was home to an important private library, owned by Pietro Garzoni, an illustrious historian of the Venetian Republic. More recently, before being acquired and restored by Gruppo Motterle, the building was the site of the Foreign Languages and Literature department of the Università Cà Foscari.
In the internal courtyard, one still finds the building's ornamental garden, the 'Secret Garden', an architectural detail that adds a private atmosphere and air of mystery to the property, elements of a romantic Venice that conjure up the myth of Giacomo Casanova.
Perched on the water but open to the sky, Garzoni Moro's 'breathing room' is a rarity among palazzos on the Grand Canal. It 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 side.
Inside, natural light reigns supreme, with unique views from the windows, offering breathtaking vistas of the most seductive city in the world. It is no accident that international stars like Madonna and Elton John have recently shown interest in buying.
On the upper floors, one finds grand mythological frescoes and perfectly restored stucco decoration, wooden ornamentation and other fine detailing.
The historically and artistically valuable aspects are perfectly complemented by building and planning decisions and finishing touches oriented toward modern standards of living. Quality of life and comfort are catered to by the buildings' highly liveable spaces, peerless 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 automation for customising lighting, sound and other features to one's own needs.
Palazzo Garzoni Moro is in a central, strategic location for getting around easily in the city, but is also hidden away from the most touristic aspects of Venice.
From the Marco Polo airport, a hub that links Venice to numerous international destinations, one arrives directly via water taxi at the adjacent Sant'Angelo stop. Another option for arriving at the palazzo is a lovely 10-minute walk from Piazzale Roma, culminating in a short gondola ride from San Tomà to Calle Garzoni. It is also just 10 minutes on foot from San Marco, while in the immediate vicinity one finds Campo Santo Stefano and Campo Sant'Angelo, among the most vital piazzas in the city, and institutions symbolic of the Venice of art and culture, including Palazzo Grassi, Teatro La Fenice and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
In addition to the first 8 flats, which are located on the building's interior side, there will be a further 7, measuring up to 400 square metres, on the ground floor and upper floors on the side facing the Grand Canal.
In this phase, Gruppo Motterle will be open to the possibility of earmarking some of these spaces for art foundations or international luxury houses interested in having a pied-a-terre in the heart of Venice.
Gruppo Motterle has more than 50 years of experience in the property industry, developing high-profile architectural and urban planning projects that wed an entrepreneurial spirit with professional expertise and cultural sensitivity.
The various companies of the group are specialised in planning activity, restoration, improvement of energy performance in buildings and property sales.
The areas of operation include residential, administrative and commercial properties, renovation of historical buildings and new initiatives in property investment.
The group is still headed by the Motterle family, which also directly handles commercial and management activity tied to its own properties in Italy and abroad, which contribute to the group's financial stability.
The group's years of experience in the field of restoring and renovating prestigious historical buildings, evidenced by such successful projects like that for Villa Zileri in Vicenza, make Group Motterle an industry benchmark.
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