Venice is famous for its lagoon, bridges and gondolas, but getting lost in the streets is the solution to experience the spirit of the city and discover its most authentic face. In fact, the most prestigious buildings are reflected on its waters. AND Soranzo Van Axel Palace, built in 1473, is one of the treasures of Venice. A magnificent 3,800 sq m Gothic building spread over four levels, which occupies one of the most important Venetian islands adjacent to the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli.
Once the residence of a wealthy family of Flemish textile merchants, it is still one of the most fascinating and impressive private properties in the city today.
The palace, located in the Cannaregio district, was built between 1473 and 1479 for Nicolò Soranzo with material recovered from an ancient Gradenigo palace. To then pass to the Venier and Sanudo and finally in 1652 to the Van Axel, Dutch merchants from Axel near Ghent. Located at the intersection of the Rio de la Panada and the Rio di Ca ‘Widmann, its peculiarity is that of the portego of the noble floor arranged in an L shape, with the possibility of overlooking both canals.
The building is characterized by two internal Courts and two Water Doors, inside a grand staircase decorated with small stone busts leads to the noble floors. Also of value is the entrance portal on Fondamenta de le Erbe, in original wood with a bezel and the coat of arms of the Van Axels. The Palace was the subject of an accurate conservative restoration aimed at enhancing the artistic and architectural features, at the same time the building was equipped with the most advanced technological systems. Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel is now available for short and long term leases.