Venice: invest in a prestige palazzo on the world-famous Grand Canal

Venice, built on water and covering at most just three square miles, attracts 25 million visitors a year. They come to take photos on the Italian city’s 436 bridges and to stroll beside the 182 canals, marvelling at narrow buildings in quiet back “streets”, and at the elegant, wide palazzi - palaces - directly on the Grand Canal.

The London Palladios

Rome, Venice... Chiswick: as Andrea Palladio's architectural legacy is celebrated at the Royal Academy of Arts this year, Philippa Stockley admits to a love for the well-proportioned elegance of Palladian buildings