A classic Palazzo on the world famous Grand Canal in Venice, chosen as a setting for Sophia Loren during the 1955 Venice Film Festival, is offered for sale exclusively through Venice Sotheby’s International Realty.
Photographs taken on the balcony in 1955, featuring Ms Loren, show how much fashions have changed, why Sophia Loren is held to be one of the world’s most beautiful women and Venice to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The photographs perfectly capture the glamour of the 50’s and the eternal romance of La Serenissima.
Sophia Loren was one of many celebrities attending the 1955 Venice Film Festival, having made four films that year: The Sign of Venus, The Miller’s Beautiful Wife, The River Girl and Scandal in Sorrento. None of the films were nominated and incredibly no Award was given that year for Best Actress. Best Actor that year was won by Kenneth More, who received the ‘Volpi Cup’, so named for one of the Festival’s founders: Count Guiseppe Volpi di Misurata.
The Byzantine Palazzo, located on the world famous Grand Canal in Venice, is directly behind the Palazzo Fortuny, moments from Campo Santo Stefano, Teatro La Fenice and the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) – a perfect location.
Dating from the 15th Century the property offers grand and impressively styled reception rooms, the main ‘portego’ room being almost 20 metres in length: each of the three main reception rooms look directly onto the Grand Canal and across to the Aman Hotel, famed for its luxury and hosting George and Amal Clooney. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms, this third floor apartment is in a beautifully quiet area of Sestiere di San Marco and benefits from a water gate, boat mooring, private lift, sunny terrace and courtyard entrance.
Sophia Loren is not the only celebrity associated with this classic residence: author Ernest Hemingway and Hollywood actor Henry Fonda are too. Hemingway was a house habitué during his Venice ‘lagoon duck hunt’ periods, described in his famous book “Across the River and into the Trees”, in which one of the characters, Baron Alvarito, is believed to be based on the Palazzo’s then owner, Baron Franchetti: Afdera Franchetti, the Baron’s sister, married Fonda in 1957, who continued to stay at the Palazzo while in Venice even post their 1961 divorce.
Decorated in classic Venetian style the property extends to approximately round 400 sq.m (4,305 sq. ft.) with 110 sq.m (1,184 sq. ft.) of magazzini (store rooms).
Ann-Marie Doyle, Managing Director, Venice Sotheby’s International Realty said: “The Grand Canal is one of the ultimate locations in the world. This classic apartment provides three reception rooms that look directly onto the Grand Canal, capturing a view that inspired thousands of artists and remained unchanged for hundreds of years.
The apartment is classic Venice at it best and it is easy to understand why Hemingway and Fonda visited so often and why the picture of Sophia Loren on the balcony is so fitting an image.”