Established in 1792, Teatro La Fenice is regarded as one of the most respected venues in the history of Italian theater. Destroyed by fire three times, the theater was rebuilt, because of which it was named Teatro La Fenice (The Phoenix). Originally built by Gianantonio Selva, the later iterations were constructed by Tommaso and Giovanni Battista Meduna (1837) and Aldo Rossi (2003). Equipped with great acoustics, this premier opera house is among the best venues in town to watch superb opera performances, chamber music concerts, and ballets.
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.
The palace is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments. After consultations in 2006, restoration work was begun in 2007, the aims of the Bru Foundation being to restore the building in its original spirit and to create a venue for music. The building, with an overall area of 800 square meters, is on three levels. Its windows look out over a canal on one side and over the garden on the other. The ground plan is traditional Venetian.
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 magnificent Villa Farsetti is located on Via Roma in Santa Maria di Sala, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Venice. The gorgeous structure was built by Filippo Farsetti, the patriarch of the important Farsetti family. The villa oozes an elegance and charm that is reminiscent of the iconic Palace of Versailles. Built in the 1740s, the imposing structure is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens that comprise of rare sculptures and works of art. Owned and operated by the City Council, as of today, Villa Farsetti plays host to a range of cultural programs, concerts and performances throughout the year.
Highly regarded as one of the most decorated and prestigious cultural institutions in the world, La Biennale di Venezia has been at the epicenter of arts and culture in Venice since 1895. The institution, headed by Paolo Baratta, is the premier establishment for research and promotion of new modern art trends. Apart from contemporary and fine arts, the establishment also organizes exhibits and showcases the works of leading artists in the fields of architecture, cinema, dance, music and theater. The institution also organizes annual exhibitions in the aforementioned arts, literary and cultural sectors, including the globally revered Art Biennale and Architecture Biennale events.
These fascinating guided tours of the grand music room near Ospedaletto will take place for part of the year. The exquisite music room was built for nobility to play music in the 16th Century, and the space has an incredible frescoed ceiling and other glorious details. Organized by the Association of Sant' Appollonia, a non-profit group that preserves Venice's artistic heritage, this guided and informative event is ideal for music lovers or history buffs.
Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, located in Dorsoduro neighborhood, offers a peak into the rich arts and cultural heritage of this great Italian city of Venice. Everything from the beautifully restored historic monastery to the artistically-curated rooms and halls that it houses, the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli offers a real Venetian experience. The entire monastery was converted into a religious house of hospitality and conference center for tourists and locals to come and explore the diverse arts and cultural trends of Venice.