Grand Canal palaces rank among the world’s most desirable real estate, and multi-coloured marble Gothic marvel Ca’ Dario casts a mesmerising reflection painted by no less than Claude Monet – but there’s a catch. Starting with the daughter of its original owner, Giovanni Dario, an unusual number of Ca' Dario occupants have met untimely deaths. According to local legend, the palace is associated with at least seven deaths, which gossips claim effectively dissuaded Woody Allen from buying the place in the 1990s.

The former manager of The Who, Kit Lambert, moved out after complaints of being hounded by the palace's ghosts, and was found dead shortly thereafter. One week after renting the place for a holiday in 2002, The Who’s bass player, John Entwhistle, died of a heart attack.