Venice, Ý

La Dolce Vita

của Iyna Bort Caruso

With its Gothic architecture and romantic waterways, Venice is an extraordinary setting for a luxury lifestyle.

While Venice instinctively inspires images of gondolas -- and the operatic voices that accompany their floats -- the maze of canals throughout the city is more than a tourist attraction. The canals infuse the city with a charming nautical ambiance.

Venice, a city of 117 small islands with a long and fascinating history, provides a stress-free and relaxing lifestyle simply ambling through its traffic-free alleyways and enjoying the view from any one of its 400 bridges.

Venice’s annual events are magical in their own right. The Regata Storica is a spectacular historical water pageant preceding an annual rowing competition, while The Carnival of Venice is an exciting event where fantasy reigns, fantastic costumes are donned and exotic balls go on way into the night. An international art city, the Venice Biennale art exhibition which encompassing the prestigious Venice Film Festival, is one of the most prestigious events in the world.

Ballet, opera and symphony concerts take center stage at the Teatro La Fenice opera house while the city’s variety of museums, including the Palazzo Ducale and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, showcase Renaissance paintings to contemporary masterpieces.

Few places can compete with Venetian architecture, which is why the city is the perfect locale for discriminating buyers seeking distinctive luxury residences — whether an apartment in a prestigious Gothic palace on the Grand Canal or an elegant estate along the Riviera del Brenta. The chance to live in a restored Renaissance villa comes without compromise. Tennis courts, private river boat moorings and parkland grounds complete the picture and give new meaning to la dolce vita, the sweet life.