Palazzo on the Grand Canal

In a private top-floor apartment in the Aman Canal Grande Venice, Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga’s treasure trove of antiques and family artifacts offers a true glimpse of life inside Venice's most important residence.

Michael James O-Brien
OF 18

The Piazza

Since the apartment was carved from the palazzo’s attic, the ceilings are very low at the sides and higher at the center, exposing the large, interwoven beams. The main living area, which Bianca calls “the Piazza” because “all the house circulates around it,” overflows with photographs, art, antiques, knickknacks and decorative objects from the family archive dating back to the 1300s. The couches were made by a local artisan and upholstered in pink silk velvet by Rubelli, the revered Venetian textile company. Family bits and pieces, including silver and enamel boxes, cover the round table draped in a yellow curtain, which was found in a trunk when they moved in. The lit candle sits in a Gibi-designed Murano-glass hurricane engraved with the façade of a Venetian palazzo.