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Carlo Goldoni, renowned author of such 18th-century plays as The Persian Wife and The Obstinate Women, was born and raised in this lovely abode. Now part of a network of historical museums, this 15th-century structure stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the era: a true-blue model of Venetian Gothic architecture. Inside, exhibits and displays tell the tale of Goldoni's life and times, and celebrate the epic themes with which he toyed. Whether you're a rabid Goldoni fan or just a lover of striking architecture, this will be a satisfying experience.
Palazzo Grassi is situated in an imposing palace designed by Massari, right opposite Cà Rezzonico. This 18th-century building has changed many hands and was used as a center for arts by the Fiat group who had it restored. It is now owned by François Pinault and hosts regular temporary exhibits from his personal collection. Those interested in art and architecture will find their ground floor bookshop fascinating with their impressive selection. Make a pit stop at their on-site cafe to replenish yourself before heading out for your Venetian exploration.
La Casa dei Tre Oci with its splendid architecture and scenic surroundings is certainly a beautiful structure. Designed by popular architect Mario De Maria (Marius Pictor) it is a classic example of avant-garde style that dominated the 20th Century. Currently, this historical property is being managed and maintained by Fondazione di Venezia e Polymnia, Civita Tre Venezie and Veneto Banca e Grafica Veneta. And, it is the hub of creative and culture activities, with focus on art of photography. For bookings, events updates and other information, check website.
Driven by a Gondolier, someone who is both a specialized operator and knowledgeable of the Venitian history, a Gondola is a wooden boat with a flat surface and cozy seats. Initially used by the upper-class Venetians, over the years, a gondola has become a popular activity among couples. Accessible from several landmarks, Grand Canal is one of the most popular and busiest sources of boarding a gondola. From here, you pass through popular attractions such as Palazzo Cà Dario and Chiesa della Salute and you can also learn about their significance in Venetian history.
Located in the old church and school of the Carità, Galleria dell'Accademia's building was partly built in the 12th Century and finished in the 14th Century. The Academy of Fine Arts was started here by the Napoleonic government. In its 24 rooms, it displays works of Italian art, by artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Piero Della Francesca, Cosmè Tura, and Giovanni Bellini. Other artists include Giorgione, Tintoretto, Paris Bordone and Moretto Da Brescia among others.
Nestled within the San Polo district of Venice, Campo San Tomà is one of the historic parts. This small area is flanked with several establishments like cafes and stores, however, highlight being two architectural gems that are located here. It is home to Scoletta of Calegheri and Chiesa di San Tom, two historic churches that date back to 15th and 17th Century respectively.