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Venetian villas and Palazzos are often buildings of historical relevance, residences where nobles and aristocrats used to live or just spend their holidays, so they are usually luxurious and grandiose places where you can plan your wedding or the following reception. It's also possible  to organize tours around the Brenta Villas, where an incredible amount of magnificent ancient residences are present.


All of them, moreover, own a garden or park, full of green, flowers, maybe fountains, paths and very old trees. You will enjoy the time of your life inside one of these famous villas, your wedding a day to remember for you and all your guests, with a touch of unbelievable  elegance.


And the photo service will be a very special one, whether you decide to take your photos using the interior as background, amid priceless antiques and furnishings, or outside, in the green.


Italians villas can provide an ideal setting if you are looking for a private but nonetheless romantic location for your wedding.


Veneto is a very green country, with many gardens and parks, there's only an embarrassingly large selection! It is a perfect solution if your desire is a romantic wedding between flowers in the open air.


Just think about walking with your partner through a pathway full of colours, before and after the event, while your guests admire you and the photographer immortalizes you in stunning pictures.


And the town where the chosen garden is located will surely be one to visit, with many historical buildings and places to see.










Palazzo Pisani-Moretta

The Palace, ever since the propertv of the Pisani familv, was erected in the second half of the XVth Century at one of the most attractive points along the "Canal Grande" half way between the Bridge of Rialto and the Ca' Foscari's vault. Built in the Gothic floreal style, it underwent several expansions and restorations began in the early XVIth Century and flnished in the mid XVIIIth Centurv when the last important  works which gave it its present day appearance were completed. The architectural importance of the façade, is due to the splendid Gothic mullioned windows of the two main floors. The wonderfully elaborate Baroque decoration inside, is the work of the most outstanding Venetian artists of the XVIIIth Century such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Jacopo Guarana, Gaspare Diziani and Giuseppe Angeli. The magnificent staircase rising in double ramps to the top floor of the Palace, also belongs to the Baroque period and was built to replace the old Gothic outer steps. Thanks to the restoration work of the last decade, the re-establishment of its art collections and the recovery of its original antique furnishings, the Pisani Palace, abandoned for various reasons at the end of the last Century, has regained some of the splendour which in past centuries was admired by famous visitors among whom Tzar Paul of Russia, Joséphine Bonaparte and Joseph Il of Austria.

Palazzo Pisani Moretta is the sole example (at the exception of the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti) with a loggia having traceries that are superposed over pointed arches, which are themselves created by crossing half-circle arches. The loggia of the first piano nobile is based on the Doge's Palace. During the modifications made by Chiara Pisani (1739-46) and her sons procuratore Pietro Vettore and Vettore (around 1770), the gothic stairway in the back court was pulled down. 

Initially, this stairway went over two platforms to the portego of the second piano nobile. The court originally had the double size. Today, the floors are made accessible by a baroque interior staircase. Two ramps, at the left and at the right, lead to a platform.  From this platform, another ramp (in the middle, and in the other direction) leads to the next floor. The interior was also affected by Chiara Pisani's restoration.  A great part of the valuable decoration is conserved, e.g. the portego ceiling fresco by Guarana, and other works by Zanchi, Tiepolo and other famous artists. A painting by Veronese, "The Family of Darius before Alexander", was sold in the 19th century. Later, a terrace and a roof floor were added.





Palazzo Cà Zenobio

Palazzo Zenobio is one of the most beautiful expressions of the seventeenth century Venice. Located in the heart of Venice, it is accessible through the waterway on the canal or after about a 10-minute walk from the Accademia or Ponte di Rialto. Palazzo Zenobio offers double and single rooms, with elegant and decorative elements, with private bathrooms and view of historical garden and family/groups rooms (without private bathroom) for 2-3-4 persons.Guided visits for our  Guests to the sumptuous hall enriched by frescos created by Dorigny, and Tiepolo This palazzo was built by the family Zenobio, after they had acquired the gothic predecessor building of Morosini. In comparison with other palaces of the same time and especially the Palazzo Giustinian a Murano, which was also modified by Gaspari, the broad U-like plan is not typical, but details of the austere main façade show similarities with the Palazzo Barbaro. A large coat of arms, which was initially above the tympana of the central loggia, does not exist any more.


 Two quadratic small courtyard are behind the first rooms at the left and right side of the ballroom. The ballroom itself is behind the central balcony of the main façade and extends over two floors. A small stairway in the left wing (which gets light from the small courtyard) gives access to the piano nobile. Gaspari conserved half of the original portego of the Morosini building and added a serliana to distinguish it formally from the new ballroom. Again, like already at Palazzo Barbaro-Curtis,  the ballroom of Palazzo Zenobio has the height of two floors. An orchestra gallery was added above the serliana. Louis (Lodovico) Dorigny, a french painter, created a large trompe-l'oeil ceiling fresco. But also the wall paintings by Luca Carlevariis and the ceiling frescoes by Lazzarini and in the vouted 'portego' and the  lateral rooms are of high quality. Alas, two ceiling paintings in the second piano nobile, attributed to Antonio Balestra, recently "disappeared". Before the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors you find the Hall of the «Stucco». On the walls, there are three precious paintings of Luca Carlevarijs, a predecessor of the Venetian 17’s view painters. The ceiling's frescos are some representation of Lazzarini’s allegories. All these frescos are framed by 17’s fine «stucco», along with the marble made door arches. The main hall of the Zenobio Palace, is named Tiepolian after the frescos and the complex decoration, to which collaborated the young G. B. Tiepolo. 


 A hall full of light, a subtle example of Venetian art and life in the 17 century: «Every element contributes to create this sumptuous style of the, ambience, the stuccos and the frescos, along with the bronze decoration and the mirrors». Behind the palazzo, there is a large garden with the former library that still has baroque interior decoration. In the 19th century, the palace became for a short period property of the Albrizzi. While the represantative rooms towards  the main façade are very well conserved, the rooms of the wing enfilades are quite austere. Today, the Palace belongs to the Armenian Mekhitarist Fathers of Venice. In the facade's rather monotonous development, it actually conceals a complex plan, in the shape of an large "C" which opens in the rear toward a handsome Italian garden.









 Palazzo Nani Bernardo


This 16th century Palazzo was built by an architect named Vittoria in 1550 and stands in a wonderful setting between Cà Foscari and Cà Rezzonico, opposite Palazzo Grassi, on the Grand Canal. Except the two coats of arms, the piani nobili with central loggias are equal.
The Palazzo is provided with a superb water entrance that by means of a wide equilibrated main stairs permitting a confortable and enchanting access to the two noble floors. In the late 19th century, a large Italian garden was created behind the building in order to provide it with more space. This garden is still part of the complex today.
The façade, which is currently Renaissance in style, was originally covered with frescoed decorative motifs; small fragments of these are still visible on the side of the building today. The ground floor stairway portal is also a quite interesting example of renaissance archicture. The whole building, owned by an old noble family, offers the typical atmosphere of the Venetian aristocracy in its rooms and halls, all superbly furnished with original furniture.






Palazzo Barbarigo

The palace consists of a small 15th century  palace with arches of fifth and a later (perhaps 16th century) construction on the right. Both buildings are internally connected. A moulding dates from the byzantine epoch, but is much restored. As old paintings prove, wooden conservatories like the one used in front of the single right window were commonly used in Venice. All balconies are from later periods. Large parts of Settecento stuccos and paintings are conserved in the mezzanine and piano nobile. Two paintings by Giambattista Tiepolo, sold during the 1960s, were recently recovered and re-integrated in the palace. Other famous artists as Fontebasso, Mingozzi, Carpoforo Mazzetti-Tencalla have created their works of Arts for the embellishment of the Piano Nobile.

Autumn 2005: the piano nobile of the palace was left to an important Music Association of Venice that is works also in Partnership with the MDV - Wedding in Venice.

The Palazzo Minotto-Barbarigo preserves the original furnitures and in their premises could be organized a fully "de-luxe" catering for reception and special events up to 60 persons. The very special opportunity that MDV - Wedding in Venice can offer to their special guests is the alive performance proposed by the Professionists Music Association of Venice " Musica a Palazzo" during the bridal reception ( for maximum 40 people ). Staged amid the exquisite setting of painting, furnishings and architectural details of the splendid Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto, each of the three acts of the Verdi's "Traviata" is performed in a different room of the Palazzo, permitting the bridal audience to become part of the ambiance.



Palazzo Venice Music





Palazzo Contarini Porta di Ferro - gardenPalazzo Contarini Porta di Ferro - Old Stairs










Palazzo Contarini Porta di Ferro


This ancient Palazzo dating back to the 14th century, is rich in history and legend, and is only a few steps from St. Mark's Square. It offers exclusive apartments and elegant suites, ideal for long stays, romantic weekends or even just one night in Venice. The Palazzo Contarini offers a refined concept in hospitality: attentive and personalised, guaranteeing an experience far removed from the usual tourist hustle and bustle of Venice. However,  it is very much part of this city which boasts a history spanning more than a thousand years. Access to the Palazzo is through an ancient doorway that opens into a private courtyard, adorned with carvings, marble sculptures and Byzantine friezes. The rear door of the Palazzo provides access direct from the canal grid. The network of canals is one of the features that makes Venice unique throughout the world.


Palazzo Contarini della Porta di Ferro was named by the ancient family of Morosini della Sbarra, who lived there for centuries. Looking out over Salizada di Santa Giustina, in the district of Castello, the oldest and most fascinating part of the city, the secluded Palazzo preserves the real spirit of an ancient Venetian family residence. This is exemplified by the two entrances (to the canal and the street), the courtyard with its well, the external staircase leading to the main floor and the spacious sitting rooms.

Some columns of the balustrade were obviously removed later. On the platform balustrade, there is a Janus face sculpture which is often depicted in the technical literature. Some remains of the more or less original polychrome exterior frescoes are still visible on the right back façade. In 1799, the San Francesco della Vigna branch of the Contarini family died out. The palace was lately restored and transformed to vacation homes.


Contarini is one of the oldest Venetian family names, appearing for the first time in a document dated the month of June in the year 960. But the old tradition has it that Contarini was one of the "apostolic" families that elected the first Doge, in Heraclea. Over the centuries the family name included eight Doges (more than any other Venetian family), and at least forty-four Public Prosecutors of San Marco (St. Mark).


Some of the architectural and decorative stylistic forms are considered to be peculiar to Venetian architecture dating from the beginning of the 15th century. Many examples have been cited from the same era. Marino Contarini, in fact, rebuilt the impressive Ca 'd' Oro (House of Gold) on the Grand Canal between 1424 and 1437.




Procuratie Novae - San Marco


St. Mark Hotels and MDV - Wedding in Venice has the honor to introduce you the unique and exclusive location for events in Plaza St. Mark. An artistic Venetian patrimony granted to Your disposition and convenience.

From the first floor of the historical building of the Procuratie Vecchie (the right side of the Square), its Rooms dominate the heart in Venice. A prestigious and exclusive location for an indelible memory.

… Gala dinners, Conferences, Meetings, Cocktails, Marriages and Wedding receptions, Exibition of artworks,…all this in a frame, that one of the more admired in the World Living room , for an incomparable beauty and suggestion.


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