Palazzo Ca’Nova





Waking up in the morning to the captivating sounds of the vaporettos, the gondoliers, the lapping waters, the holy bells of San Giorgio Maggiore, the soft whispering breeze… Living right in the throbbing, historic heart of the Serenissima, just minutes away from the Piazza San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, the Punta della Dogana… Ca’nova… This name, in the dialectal Italian of Venice, is a contraction of Casa Nova, new house. And indeed, the Ca’nova historical Palazzo has been entirely renovated and given a new lease on life.

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The apartment Borsato lies on the third floor (4th American floor) of the Palazzo. It is reached by a newly added elevator. The location is exceptional: at the mouth of Venice’s Grand Canal, opposite the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica and the Punta della Dogana Museum – where the Pinault contemporary art collection can be seen, – and within a stone’s throw of the glorious Piazza San Marco. 

The origins of the Ca’nova Palazzo date back to the 12th century, when the Barozzi family built the Ca’Barozzi, a crenellated building which had a porch, an open gallery and two large square towers. In the 17th century, the medieval structure was remodelled into a Renaissance palazzo by architect Bartolomeo Manopola. In the early 19th century, the Treves family, barons of Bonfili, acquired the residence and asked Giuseppe Borsato – an Italian painter who, among other things, decorated the Teatro La Fenice – to revamp and enhance their new property. 

The apartment has been redecorated in a pure, classic style with a contemporary twist. Surrounded by comfort and beauty, you will feel spoilt and privileged too. 

Rooms and Accommodations 

  • Entrance Hall 
  • Living room with adjoining kitchen 
  • The master bedroom has a 210x200 cm canopy bed, custom designed for this apartment. Dressing room and ensuite bathroom with large shower and double wash basins. 
  • Second bedroom with twin beds and a sitting alcove. Ensuite bathroom with large shower. 
  • Laundry Room 


  • WI-FI throughout the apartment 
  • Air-conditioning throughout the apartment is included in the rent. The house also has central heating. 
  • Bose Soundtouch 10 cordless Bluetooth loudspeaker 
  • Large flatscreen satellite TV with DVD 
  • High quality Italian linen sheets 
  • Mattress by Simmons (the same as used by the Four Seasons hotels) 
  • Two pillows per person— one feather and one non-allergenic 
  • Washing machine and dryer 
  • Elevator 
  • Safe
  • Cots and high chairs can be provided


  • Maid service: The maid comes in every morning to do your rooms between 9 and 11 am. Six days a week.
  • Welcome hamper: in your apartment you will find 1 bottle of our favorite Bellini (prosecco + peach juice), 4 bottles of water (2 still and 2 fizzy), fresh fruit, black tea, a Nespresso machine and coffee capsules, milk, sugar, butter and jam. 
  • Morning croissants: every morning around 8 am fresh croissants will be delivered to your door.
  • Access to a convivial terrace shared by all guests of the Palazzo.
  • A private secretary: The palazzo's private secretary will readily give you pointers and assistance, as well as open doors for you if need be.
  • Restaurants and shops in the vicinity – among which the well-known Harry’s Bar, declared a national landmark in 2001 by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs.
  • Agreement with the Cipriani Hotel to allow guests to use the hotel pool at preferred rates 
  • Agreement with the Excelsior Beach Club to allow guests access to this exclusive seaside resort at preferred rates 
  • Grocery shopping service 
  • Fresh flower service 
  • Personal laundry 
  • Expert masseur who comes to the house 
  • In house esthetic treatments 
  • Baby-sitting service 
  • Cooking courses
  • Prime location, on the Grand Canal and literally 5 minutes on foot from Saint Mark's square
  • 5 minute walk from the La Fenice theatre