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Dream homes in Venice: Palazzo Balbi Mocenigo

The architectural details and the centuries-old history of a property that has no equal

There are houses Venice that can be read as an essay on art history, because inside them the passage of time has left important traces of the different styles that have characterized the architecture of the city.

Palazzo Balbi Mocenigo is a perfect example of this. Eclecticism of the rooms, splendid friezes, refined materials make it a real jewel among the houses for sale in Venice that the Engel & Volkers agency can present to its customers. Let's find out together.


The property of about 800 square meters is located on the ground and first floor of the sumptuous Palazzo Balbi Mocenigo, a noble residence in the heart of Dorsoduro that can boast all the characteristics of the classic Venetian style.

On this already important basis, the restoration of a famous Venetian interior designer intervened who introduced neoclassical style and elements. This is why today this large house in Venice can be considered a real work of art. On the one hand we find classic elements such as the "Sansovino" beams and the fireplaces in Rosso Verona marble, on the other hand valuable inserts such as the Louis XVI silks on the walls, the gray and pink marmorinos, the Fortuny fabrics, the door overlays with Venetian baroque medallions , the panoplies in gilded stucco.

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Everything is harmoniously juxtaposed, thanks to the light that diffuses in the different rooms, starting from the passing hall, and to the presence of many openings towards the outside, such as terraces and roof terrace overlooking the water.

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The glance between the different rooms with the marbles and gilding almost seems to lead us into a Visconti film, in which ladies and gentlemen in costume can walk through the rooms. The size and layout of the rooms seem to indulge this cinematic dream: on the ground floor there is the large hall ideal for parties with rooms and service areas on the sides and direct access to the garden, while on the upper floor there is the kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and bathrooms.

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When you think of houses for sale in Venice Dorsoduro, your mind runs to museums, clubs, canals, you can hardly think of the quiet of a garden surrounded by walls and trees.

Instead, one of the elements that makes Palazzo Balbi Mocenigo unique is the presence of a green area of 400 meters invisible to prying eyes thanks to the plants arranged all around. Here you can walk on the cobblestones in Istrian stone, next to the Renaissance well, or perhaps sit on one of the benches placed under the pergola to read a book away from the summer heat.

A space that projects us into peace and relaxation while remaining just a few meters from the busiest streets, a magic that only certain houses in Venice can boast.

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The Accademia Galleries, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni and the Punta della Dogana museum are certainly the main attractions of a neighborhood that also breathes the culturally bubbly air of the Ca 'Foscari University.

It is enough to walk along the streets of the district to discover original shops, bacari full of cicchetti and places where it is nice to linger. In this lively but often crowded area, Palazzo Balbi Mocenigo enjoys a privileged position, in the San Barnaba area, secluded from the major tourist flows and at the same time close to shops and supermarkets, but also convenient for transport: vaporetto (Ca 'Rezzonico / Accademia) and bus and train station.

We tried to tell you about the beauty of this house in Venice with photos and words. However, there is one thing that we cannot explain, that light that enters through the windows at certain times of the day and that gradually turns on all the details that make the home unique. Come and discover them by contacting our experts from the Engel & Volkers agency in Venice.

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