Located on the Grand Canal, Ca' Rezzonico was the last building planned by famous Baroque architect Baldassare Longhena. The interior is a reconstruction of an 18th-century palace, with original restored furnishings. The Venetian decor is splendid, particularly in the ballroom with its stunning trompe l'oeil, and the nuptial room, which has richly decorated dressing tables. Today, it is a museum dedicated to the Venice of the 18th Century and comprises beautiful fixtures as well as many works of art. There are frescoes by Tiepolo and paintings by Guardi, Canaletto and Longhi that are worth checking out.
The Botanical gardens of Padua as has been created in 1545, is at the present the most antique in his genre, as a botanical garden managed by a University. The primarily purpose at that age was to grow there herbs in order to help the students of medicine to recognize the correct ones and the amount of species was around 1800. Thanks to the commercial connection wordlwide of the Republic of Venezia this number grew more and more and today the differente plants have been divided into 5 different enviroments: mediterranean, alpine, fresh water, succulent plants and tropical greenhouse. Has been declared an UNESCO site.
A unique aristocratic palace, Palazzo Grimani was the family house of Antonio Grimani. The charming, historic structure still stands out with its original architecture and gorgeous decorations and is now home to several splendid artworks. The permanent collection here comprises of masterpieces by Mannerists such as Francesco Salviati, Francesco Menzocchi, Camillo Mantovano and Federico Zuccari to name a few. Even without the unusual art that adorn its walls, each room inside this palace is comprises of opulent stuccowork and beautiful frescoes that any art enthusiast wouldn't want to miss. Unique in its architecture and the treasure trove it houses, Palazzo Grimani makes for a brilliant visit.
Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) is a landmark and a famous tourist destination in Venice. It exhibits Venetian Gothic architecture and historically, it was the house of the chief of the city. It has been converted into a museum that houses important historical documents of the Republic of Venice, old chambers, apartments, courtyards, prisons and armoury. While this palace offers a regular tour, the Secret Itineraries Tour covers certain sections of the castle inaccessible to the general public. Naturally, this tour costs more and requires reservations but it takes groups through interrogation rooms, attics and secret passages. One can visit the Office of the Great Chancellor, Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, Bridge of Sighs, Chamber of the Inquisitors and Torture Chamber among other important sites. Children below six years are not permitted and the tours are conducted for two to twenty five people.
The original structure of the Zabbatella Palace, that nowadays is also the location of the Fondazione Bano, dates back at the VIII century B.C. During the centuries the central structure remain nearly untouched while the front side has been adapted and changed according to the different styles of the different ages. After quite ten years of restoration opened his door to the communitiy in 1996 and the masterpiece are the frescos of the painter Hayez who spent in Padua his youngest years. The name of the palace derived from the family Zabbarella, till 1846 the owner of the palace. The interiors are equipped with original furnitures of the 18-19th century. It hosts expositions, a temporary shop
Nestled within the Lungomare D'Annunzi, a public park, the Planetario di Venezia has replaced an open-air theater, back then that region was referred to as Luna Park. Open to visitors from October to May, it welcomes everyone especially student groups. Once inside the dome, you will realize that sky along with different planets is well represented here, giving you the effect of real sky watching experience. Each show approximately lasts for about 50 minutes and gives you an insight into the world of astronomy, thereby educating young ones in an entertaining way. For more details, check website.
Palazzo Albrizzi dates to the 17th Century. The central hall of the main floor is beautifully decorated with stucco and frescoes by Tiepolo artists. The adjacent room, known as Sala della Pace, 'Room of Peace,' has its walls covered in damask and retains an elegant ceiling by Guarana. A real jewel is the Saletta della Musica, 'Little Music Room.'
Serra dei Giardini is a tourist attraction that organizes a number of activities and workshops from time to time. Here, one can attend a number of cultural events including concerts and theater performances, or sign up for arts and craft workshops. The center also has a greenhouse that has been restored by the Municipality of Venice. The center also a few stores, such as a coffee shop and flower shop.
In operation since 1862, Abate Zanetti has been keeping the art of Murano glass-making alive through its Scuola Del Vetro or School of Glass where serious students can learn this novel art including the techniques of lampworking, fusing and furnacing and continue this ancient tradition. The works by both students and masters at glass making and designing can be bought at the on-site shop which sells everything from custom-made glass works to handcrafted items including vases, show pieces, plates and goblets as well as chandeliers and a variety of eclectic lights along with other home decor items. Whether you are interested in learning the delicate skill of glass-making or simply want to spruce up the way your house looks, head to Abate Zanetti to enroll for a class or browse through their fascinating collection.