Muazzo Palace is situated on a picturesque canal, ten minutes’ walk from San Marco. Having spent a life time writing about architecture and interiors, I can honestly say that it’s one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever had the good fortune to stay in.
The hall/ library, with its hand-carved book shelves and built-in arm chairs, leads onto the capacious salon which overlooks the canal. Antique furniture sits side by side with impressive works of modern art. A large dining table and sitting area can easily accommodate eight people (even more if you want to host a party. This place is made for entertaining.)
With its monumental fire place, antique table and chairs and granite work surfaces, the kitchen is a modern take on a medieval kitchen. Top-of-the-range appliances are state-of-the-art and include a gargantuan fridge/freezer and oven that could put a professional chef’s kitchen to shame.
All the four bedrooms are generously sized with marble-clad bathrooms of the highest specifications. The bathroom for the master bedroom even boasts a steam room – a welcome luxury after a day walking the streets of Venice. And if you don’t feel you’ve taken enough exercise there’s also a gym.
Muazzo Palace is immaculately presented with a real eye for detail (even the door furniture – the handles and hinges - are beautifully handmade) and comfort, down to the soft towels, crisp bed linen, towelling robes and slippers.
One of the sad and little-acknowledged facts is that Venice is often over restored: poor, modern materials often ruin these historic buildings and rob them of their character. Not here: Muazzo Palace been restored with a sympathetic nod to the past while including all the modern amenities and comforts you could hope to enjoy in the 21st century. If you want a special place to stay that gives you a feel for an authentic Venetian palazzo then Muazzo Palace is it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.