The same apartment resided in by Friedrich Nietzsche on his first extended stay in Venice in 1880 has gone on sale. Engel & Völkers Venice is brokering the property on the ‘bel étage’ of the Palazzo Berlendis for 2.5 million euros.
A building steeped in history
The historic palazzo is located on the Fondamente Nove directly on the Rio dei Mendicanti canal. Its neoclassical design is most probably the work of the architect Andrea Tirali. The building was commissioned by the Venetian almond merchant Stefano Protasio. He had the symmetrical property built in 1600, with two separate wings for his two daughters. The northern part still goes by the name Palazzo Merati. The southern part of the building was later acquired by the Berlendis patrician family, hence the name Palazzo Berlendis, which remains to this day. In the early 20th century, a branch of the high-profile Pesaro family took over ownership of the palazzo and converted it into apartments.
Apartment with artistic accents
Spanning 300 square metres in total, the apartment for sale in the Palazzo Berlendis has excellent views over the water. The 15 square metre panoramic terrace overlooks both the Venetian lagoon and the church tower of San Marco. In addition to four rooms and three bathrooms, the apartment has a private chapel. One of the main rooms also benefits from a rare wood-panelled alcove dating from the 18th century, featuring the work of the painter Francesco Fontebasso. Other exceptional design features in the apartment include marble floors, stucco ornamentation, door murals and frescoes depicting the country residence of the Berlendis family. The main bathroom boasts original mosaics by the Italian glass artist Napoleone Martinuzzi dating from the 20th century. The work in gold leaf and glass tiles carries his initials “N.M.”. Martinuzzi also designed a stained glass terrace door for the apartment. It depicts mythological figures from various different eras.
Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philologist who lived from 1844 until 1900. Only after his death did he achieve worldwide renown as one of the most important philosophers of the modern age. He visited Venice a total of five times. It was during his time in the Palazzo Berlendis that he worked on the volume of aphorisms entitled “L’Ombra di Venezia”.