What is the link between Venice and architecture? First of all, remember that the lagoon city is Unesco Heritage Site just for its urban features, as well as its artistic masterpieces. In this place, loved by tourists from all over the world, the word architecture means the correlation between landscape and environment, a perfect tune that only here you can listen to, if you pay attention to its beautiful palaces.
The theme of the tour that we propose is the charm of palaces, dwellings and other buildings characteristic of Venice, an itinerary that considers the common traits (for example, the private courts inside) and the uniqueness of these spots in Italy.
Venice is still the third city in Italy for incoming tourism, and we talked about it in this article about the Venetian Carnival. Now we take this opportunity to suggest an experience that will introduce you to another side of this magical place.
Giardini della Biennale, incredible setting for exhibitions
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The first Architecture Biennale took place in 1980, but these beautiful gardens are home to art exhibitions since 1895, with an increasing audience at every edition.
Today is the area in which they arise 29 pavilions of foreign countries in addition to the Main Pavilion and the largest green area of the historical center.
They were laid out during the Napoleonic era, right at the beginning of the XIX century; we recommend the Gardens as a stage of the route because a part is always available as a public park, the other is the home of the Architecture Biennale, whose next edition is scheduled from May 28th to November 27th, 2016.
The Gardens are located in sestiere (Venetian name for district) Castello, the easternmost district of Venice, the only one not overlooking the Grand Canal. This area worth a visit because here rise the Church of San Zaccaria and the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, the first built in Renaissance style, the second built in Gothic style, two ideal examples of style coexistence in Venice.
About the Biennale program, we suggest you visit the official website: www.labiennale.org/en/architecture.
Ca’ Dario, a source of inspiration for artists and travelers
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Speaking of the Ca’ Dario (Palazzo Dario) is a choice a bit strange, because it is currently being restored,; however we cannot ignore this building with an asymmetrical façade, the Renaissance style and decorations with colored marble and Istrian stone.
Ca’ Dario has been the subject of many Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, who painted the building from different perspectives; moreover, the art critic John Ruskin described minutely the palace to explain its mysterious allure, however, tied, according to legend, to a curse.
It is said, in fact, that anyone who is the owner of the building is destined to go bankrupt or die a violent death.
Ca’ Dario is located in the Dorsoduro district and boasts the floral Venetian Gothic style then renovated with Renaissance-style.
Although isn’t open to the public, the building is a charming element of the Venetian landscape.
Casino Venier, aristocratic and elegant residence
Venice has a long tradition of meeting places; one of these was the Casino Venier, located between the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco nelle Mercerie.
Now houses the Cultural Association Italo-French Alliance Française and is still an architectural gem, due to the restoration work and the contribution made by UNESCO to re-establish the ancient charm of its frescoes, which well represents the essential role of this city as meeting point between different cultures.
Although this dwelling is hidden and lesser known by people that come to Venice for the first time, a tour dedicated to the architectural treasures cannot exclude this elegant little house, because right here are enclosed the typical features of Venice.
Finally we mention a curiosity: in the marble floor at the entrance there is a secret peephole: this was used to monitor who was about to enter the casino Venier.
How many mysteries and stories are revealed to those who spend a holiday in Venice?
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