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Doge’s Palace
Address: San Marco 1, 30124 Venice
Entrance for visitors: Puerta del Frumento, Plaza de San Marcos
Tel. ++39 0412715911
Fax ++39 0415285028
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier:
Line 1, Line 2, Line 51, Line 41, stops at Vallaresso or San Zaccaria;

Opening times:
3rd November – 31st March
9am-5pm (ticket office 9am-4pm)
1st April – 2nd November
9am-7pm (ticket office 9am-6pm)
Closed: 25th December and 1st January

Next to the Basilica di San Marco you can visit the majestic Doge’s Palace which has undergone renovations on several occasions. Inside it is worth noting an important museum with works by the Venetian painters Tintoretto and El Veronés. This building is a symbol of Venice and has views over the Basin of San Marco (an area located between the Canal del Lido, La Giudecca and the Grand Canal); in ancient times it was the Doge’s Palace and seat of government.
We suggest two itineraries to visit the Doge’s Palace:

El “Museo dell’Opera”
There, you can admire archeological remains of the original Doge’s Palace. Of particular interest are the Gothic columns and capitals, which formed part of the facade.

The Palace and the Doge’s Apartments
The palace is where the political life in Venice took place, and it consists of lavish rooms - the Council Chamber, the Ballot Chamber, the Doge’s residence and the government offices during the Venetian Republic. There you can see the painting entitled “Paradise”, which takes up the full width of the back wall of the Council Chamber and is reputedly the world’s largest oil painting. It was painted by Tintoretto between 1588 and 1592 and is one of the religious works by this Venetian artist. One of its particularities is the interwoven arches of the portico, which leads inside the building.
You can reach the Doge’s apartments from the Golden Staircase.

The prisons
You can reach the “new” prisons via the Bridge of Sighs. If you follow this itinerary you can see the prison cells where you can find some writings from the former Venetian prisoners.

-Secret itineraries (by prior appointment only and accompanied by a licensed guide)
These itineraries will give you access to the most secret parts of the Palace, the rooms where members of the Venetian government used to meet, the rooms where government officials used to work, the torture room, Giacomo Casanova’s cell, etc.

The Correr Museum
Address: San Marco 52, 30124 Venice
Entrance: Plaza de San Marcos, Ala Napoleónica, Escalera Monumental
Tel. ++39 041 2405211
Fax ++39 041 5200935
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier:
Line 51, Line 41, stop at San Zaccaria; Line 2, Line 1, stop at Vallaresso or San Zaccaria.

Opening times:
3rd November – 31st March
9am-5pm (ticket office 9am-4pm)
1st April – 2nd November
9am-7pm (ticket office 9am-6pm)
Closed: 25 December and 1st January

The Correr Museum offers a journey through the Art and History of Venice, from the origins of Venetian painting until the end of the 18th century. The Museum is the result of a bequest by Teodoro Correr, who donated his private collection to the city. The collection includes paintings, maps, objects, coins, weapons and armour, etc. After the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, this palace became the Venetian residence for Italian Kings. 
Amongst the most famous paintings, do not miss “la Piedad” by Antonello da Messina.

Librería Marciana
La Librería Marciana, which is located near the Torre de San Marcos and opposite the Doge’s Palace, houses thousands of manuscripts, incunables (books printed between 1453 and 1500 with the first modern printing press).
The National Library Marciana has the particularity of being the largest library in Venice; manuscripts from all over the world are kept there, for example from the East.

Palazzo Ca’ Vendramin Calergi (nowadays home to the Venice casino)
Address: Ca’ Vendramin Calergi - Cannaregio 2079, 30121 Venice
Tel. +39 041 5297230
Fax. +39 041 718221
http://www.vendramincalergi.com/palazzo/

The Palacio Vendramin Calergi is one of the most elegant and majestic buildings, which can be seen along the Grand Canal. It is a meeting place for the Venetians, a place where activities and cultural events are performed and is known mostly for being home to the celebrated Venice Municipal Casino. The building consists of a ground floor, function suite and a garden with direct access to the Grand Canal, and a second floor where the Venice Municipal casino is located.
Its construction started in 1481 and it was not finished until 1509. In 1739 the Vendramin family, which was related to the Calergi family, inherited the palace, giving it its current name. The casino opened in 1946.

Ca’ Pesaro
Address: Santa Croce 2076, 30135 Venice
Tel. ++39 041721127
Fax. ++39 0415241075
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier:
Line 1, stop at San Stae.

Opening times:
3rd November – 31st March 
10am-5pm (ticket office 10am – 4pm)
1st April – 2nd November
10am-6pm (ticket office 10am – 5pm)
Closed: Mondays, 25th December, 1st January, 1st May

Ca’ Pesaro is a majestic palace on the banks of the Grand Canal. The wealthy and noble Pesaro family who wanted it as a private residence entrusted the architect Baldassarre Longhena with the construction of the Palace in the year 600. The Ca’ Pesaro Palace represents one of the most important examples of the Baroque style for a private building; of particular interest in the palace are the sculptures and bas-reliefs in white marble. Nowadays the palace houses the International Gallery of Modern Art and the Oriental Art Museum.
Amongst the most important works of art, do not miss la Giuditta II (Salomé), 1909, by Gustav Klimt and works by Kandinsky, Matisse, Grosz, Moore and Giorgio De Chirico amongst others.

Ca’ Rezzonico
Address: Dorsoduro 3136, 30123 Venecia
Tel. y Fax ++39 041 2410100
http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier:
Line 1, stop at Ca' Rezzonico                     

Opening times:
3rd November – 31st March
10am-5pm (ticket office 10am – 4pm)
1st April - 2 November
10am-6pm (ticket office 10am-5pm)
Closed: Tuesdays, 1st January, 25th December, and 1st May

Ca’ Rezzonico. There you can see works of art representative of the so-called “Venetian 18th century”. The architect Baldassarre Longhena, commissioned by the Bon family, built the Palace. A wealthy family of bankers, the Rezzonico, later bought it and entrusted its completion to the architect Giorgio Massari. Of particular interest: the majestic Murano glass chandeliers decorated with floral motives, its elaborately decorated rooms, collection of objects and furniture from the 18th century, period pharmacy and puppet theatre, the vast staircase of honor and the magnificent and impressive ballroom in typical Venetian style. Amongst the works of art, note the “Rio dei Mendicanti”, 1723, by Canaletto.

Palazzo Grassi
Address: Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venice
Tel. 0039 041 523 1680
Fax. 0039 041 528 6218
www.palazzograssi.it

Opening times:
10am – 6pm
Closed: Tuesdays; 24th, 25th, 31st December; 1st January

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier: Line 1, Line 2, stop: San Samuele (line 2), San’t Angelo (line 1)

Built by the architect Giorgio Massari in the 18th century, it is the last of the magnificent buildings built in Venice before the start of the neo-classical period. It was the residence of the Grassi family, wealthy merchants. It then passed onto several owners before being purchased by the famous Agnelli family, owner of the Italian company Fiat. The Agnelli family had it restored to turn the palace into a posh venue for international exhibitions and displays. 

Palazzo Venier Fondaz (Guggenheim)
Address: 704 Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice
Opening times:
10am-6pm (closed: Tuesdays and 25th December)
Tel: 0039 041 2405411

The Venier Fondaz Palace, in front of which flows the Grand Canal, was acquired by the American Peggy Guggenheim in 1949. It was here that Peggy brought together a circle of artists from avant-garde movements. Peggy Guggenheim collected the works of artists whose talent she believed in. The museum, open in 1980, houses Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, and other works of art and sculptures from contemporary artistic movements such as Cubism, Futurism, avant-garde and Surrealism amongst others, with works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Magritte, Pollock, etc. As well as the permanent collection, the museum also houses temporary exhibitions. Nowadays, the Peggy Guggenheim collection is the property of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which administers the museum together with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.

Casa De Goldoni
Address:
San Polo 2794, 30125 Venecia
Tel. ++39041 2759325
Fax ++39041 2440081

To get there:
From Venice S. Lucia railway station, you can get vaporettos at the pier:
Lines 1 and 2; stop at San Tomá

Opening times:
3rd November – 31st March
10am-4pm (ticket office 10am – 3.30pm)
1st April – 2nd November
10am-5pm (ticket office 10am – 4.30pm)

Closed: Wednesdays, 25th December, 1st January, and 1st May

La casa de Carlo Goldoni dates from the 15th century. It was originally called Ca' Centani, or Centanni, and was later known as la Casa Goldoni. Its style is typical of the period, Venetian Gothic. Nowadays la “Casa de Goldoni” houses the Museum of Venetian Theatre and Dramatic Art, in honor of the playwright Carlo Goldoni, and includes a collection of antique theatre paraphernalia. The architectural elements combine to produce a unique theatrical gothic atmosphere. It also includes an important center for theatre studies and a projection room where plays by Carlo Goldoni are shown.

 

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