26 June 2008

Real estate: Ca’Dario

My “Home Sweet Imaginary Home” on the Grand Canal is this infamous late fifteenth century Byzantine palazzo, Ca’Dario. Why? Because everybody knows it’s cursed and has been for centuries. Byzantine, indeed! Ca’Dario’s history is one of business deals gone bad, families split, fortunes lost, untimely deaths, even the occasional haunting.

Elegance is fine, but I like theatrics, mystery, drama, lurid tales, notoriety. If I am to bear the considerable burden and expense of maintaining a Venetian palazzo, I must insist that it have a fascinating, colorful history that I can talk about at my dinner parties and, if possible, a resident ghost or two.