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The Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti is an impressive waterfront structure that represents the neo-Gothic style of architectural designing. In the past, it has been the residence of many prominent Venetian families. In 1999, the VIC (Venice Cultural Initiatives) was appointed to manage as well as preserve the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti. Since then, this organization has been maintaining it and hosting variety of events here. Cultural events, expositions, conferences and many other activities are a regular feature here. Truly, the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti is worth visiting for its splendid location, stunning architecture and interesting events. For bookings, events updates and other information, check website.
Venice is a beautiful city not only because it is adorned with picturesque canals but also because it is home to some of the most wonderful architectural marvels of centuries past. One such piece of wonder is the San Giacomo di Rialto. If you are strolling around the Rialto Market, this high-rise clock is hard to miss as it is located above the tribunal, near the main entrance of the church. This is an extraordinary 24-hour clock and the original porch show influences of the Gothic style of architecture. The clock oozes a beautiful golden color when the sun goes down.
The Church of San Polo is a historic Catholic church that was built in the 15th Century and the detached campanile was built in 1362. Head inside and see beautiful artwork, including Last Supper by Jacopo Tintoretto and ceiling paintings by Giandomenico Tiepolo.
Based in the old Benedictine San Giorgio Maggiore monastery, Fondazione Cini was established to revive the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the convent by turning it into a cultural hub. Founded by Vittorio Cini in remembrance of his son, it features a massive library containing archives of manuscripts and documents on music, history, art and theater. There is also a huge private park, events space and Teatro Verde within the complex.
The Ca' d'Oro is a beautiful Gothic structure that served as a home to a highly influential family in the 15th century. Built for the Contarini family, the structure is called the Palazzo Santa Sofia and more casually got the name Ca' d'Oro, which means ‘golden house’ or ‘house of gold’, because of the chrome decoration and gold inlays on the exterior. Giovanni Bon and Bartolomeo Bon, his son, were the architects on the job as well as the sculptors and they created a beautiful Gothic structure that is still talked about because of its style. Through the years, a few private owners destroyed some of the original structure. Then when Baron Giorgio Franchetti became the owner, he restored what was destroyed and now it is almost as good as it was when the original architects made it. The house is now restored and is open to the public. It is now known as the Gallery Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro. It houses the Baron’s personal art collection, and also showcases the original furniture and decor.
Venice has only four bridges that traverse the famous Grand Canal. Ponte dell'Accademia is one of them connecting the neighborhoods of San Marco and Dorsoduro. It was originally built in 1854 and reconstructed twice to form the present structure. Though the bridge itself is not too great to look at, it affords magnificent views of gondolas and water taxis sailing through the Grand Canal and the play of sunlight creating myriad shadows on the surrounding red Venetian buildings. It is also a romantic spot and a popular destination with couples who wait to watch the awe-inspiring sunsets. Despite it being illegal, many couples attach talismans and love locks to the metallic rails of Ponte dell'Accademia as a symbol of eternal love.