Take a tour of a spectacular Venetian palazzo where Sophia Loren once stayed

Sophia Loren on the terrace of the palazzo in 1955.

Is there anything in the world as romantic as a Venetian palazzo? Try a Venetian palazzo that was once occupied by the one-of-a-kind Sophia Loren.

The Byzantine Palazzo, located on the Grand Canal in Venice, once hosted the glamorous movie star in 1955 during the Venice Film Festival. Now, a third-floor apartment in the building is for sale for €5.9 million (about $6.5 million) with Sotheby’s International Reality.


The 4,300-square-foot apartment dates back to the 15th century, and features a huge sunny terrace, a private boat mooring, a courtyard entrance, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. From the photos, it looks like it could use a little bit of an upgrade, but considering its age, it’s not too bad.


In addition to Loren, the palazzo has also hosted Henry Fonda and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway may have even based one of his characters, Baron Alvarito, in his book, “Across the River and into the Trees” on the Palazzo’s then owner, Baron Franchetti. Franchetti’s sister, Afdera Franchetti, married Henry Fonda in 1957, and he stayed at the Palazzo a number of times, even after their 1961 divorce.