We have thought to add a short guide for our customers, written by those who live in Venice day by day. Of course we do not have the ambition to compete with an official guide, but we are sure that some of the following information will be useful for getting around the city or may even prompt you to plan a trip to Venice.
Even if Venice is a not a large city it has an extremely rich offer as far as museums and culture are concerned. The visit to the Doge's Palace, the residence of the doge and the seat of the government at the time of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, will give you a better understanding of how Venice managed to remain one of Europe's great powers until most of the 18th century. And, for this reason, it is fundamental to visit the prisons of the Most Serene Republic, that stand next to the Doge’s Palace. The Republic had an advanced administrative apparatus, but also a very strict judicial system…
Other museums that can illustrate the lifestyle of Venice's past, are certainly the Ca ’ Rezzonico Museum and the Ca’ Mocenigo Museum and Study Centre of the History of Fabrics . In general each Venetian historical palace – whether it looks upon the Grand Canal, the great water highway that crosses the city, or not – tells a piece of Venice’s past. It will be easy for you to get lost in the calli and smell the perfume of the past and gradually you will discover a multitude of curiosities that will tell you the history of the city.
But Venice does not represent only the past. The collections of the Museo Correr range, including temporary exhibitions, from the past to the present day. Whoever loves modern art must not miss a visit to the Ca' Pesaro Museum (with paintings by Ciardi and Favretto, Nono or Signorini and also Klimt, Bonnard, Chagall, Kandisky), but also to the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation with the most important collection in Italy of European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. And to conclude you can't not visit the recently established Fran çois Pinault Foundation Collection at Punta della Dogana (among the exhibits you will find works by Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Murakami, Cy Twombly).
Every year, the Venice Biennale is held from about June to November. Focused in alternate years on Art or Architecture it is an internationally acclaimed exhibition that does not require further explanations.
And you will also find many other locations dedicated to cultural events and exhibitions. Many art galleries house temporary exhibitions with the works of emerging and known artists. There is the Glass Museum on the island of Murano, the Lace Museum on the island of Burano or the Archaeological Museum and many others that can be found strolling through the city.
As you walk around you will find many churches. As well as their splendid architecture the interior of these places of worship often conceals paintings of worldwide importance. The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and the church of Santa Maria dei Carmini, just to mention the ones closest to Casa Rezzonico, contain paintings that must not be missed. And then of course Saint Mark ’s Basilica, but also S. Giovanni e Paolo, S. Giorgio and many other “minor” churches, are places that most certainly deserved to be visited as monuments and for the many treasures they contain.
To conclude we must mention the “Scuole”. In Venice the artisans (shoemakers, gilders. etc.) were organised in guilds that met in fine buildings. And even these buildings, as well as being extremely beautiful, often house priceless paintings and sculptures. You must definitely go and visit one of these “Scuole”.
:: Life in Venice