Spending her production per diem
to the max -- and not doing a very good job evading the paparazzi -- Angelina Jolie, along with Brad Pitt and kids, are rumored to be renting the historic Mocenigo Palazzo
on Venice's magnificent Grand Canal. The Pitt-Jolie's are in Venice while mama is shooting "The Tourist," a thriller co-staring Johnny Depp.
Owned and restored by the owners of Venice's Bauer Hotel
, the palazzo could give the Pitt-Jolie's more space and privacy than a comparable luxury hotel
-although the paparazzi have tracked their every step, from Angelina's daily trips to the set to Brad's photo excursions and the family's amble out for gelato.
So if they're not getting privacy, what are they getting at the palazzo?
Instead of paying a minimum of €1,800 per night (or €54,000 a month) for a suite (the rate at the Hotel Danieli-a favorite of celeb visitors), the family has the run of the palazzo's five-bedroom, three bath second floor residence – the piano nobile
of Renaissance architecture where the grandest rooms were on the second floor -- that comes complete with daily housekeeping (butler service and chef extra). A mezzanine level, 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment and cottage (also with bedroom, bath and kitchen
) complete the Palazzo's accommodations. Perhaps just enough room for the couple, their six kids, nannies and security detail.
Rather than booking multiple suites at a five-star hotel like the Danieli, Gritti Palace
or Cipriani (a fave of George Clooney but now closed for the winter), where every morsel and soft drink is priced a la carte, the family can live like Venetians in their own compound complete with several kitchens
. A comparably sized villa in Tuscany rents for upwards of $22,000 per week in the summer high season while fine apartments
in Venice range upwards from €5,500 per month (approximately $7,700).
But kids watch what you touch, this former doge's palace has rooms that date to the 16th century. It underwent a five-year restoration before it re-opened in 2005, per Architectural Digest
. Venetian marble mosaic floors, 18-foot ceilings and Murano-glass chandeliers are found throughout the 1570-built palazzo. Now filled with antiques, and elegantly restored with exquisite details such as damask-covered walls, the Palazzo Mocenigo was originally joined to three other buildings. It also comes with its own dock and a rare street-side Italian garden.
The Pitt-Jolie palazzo is well located on San Marco, close to the Rialto Bridge, around the bend from St. Mark's Square via vaporetto. Nearby are numerous examples of Andrea Palladio's neo-classical architecture for architecture fanboy Brad Pitt to photograph.
If the world-traveling family falls in love, maybe they'll buy the un-restored palazzo nearby: A similar "piano nobile" within the Palazzo Mocenigo Casa Vecchia
is on the market. Famously home to Lord Byron, the Times of London reports
a €5 million asking price for the un-restored property, now represented by Sotheby's