The Palaces/Museums in Venice were so numerous that many of them I didn't get chance to step inside, such as Museo di Storia Naturale along the Grand Canal, Museo Archeologico right in the heart of Piazza San Marco, and Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, facing Gallerie dell'Accademia across the Grand Canal. However, even a quick glance from outside was gratifying enough to make me feel I was extremely lucky to be able to see them with my own eyes.
Museo di Storia Naturale - Fondaco dei Turchi, Venezia
Museo Archeologico, Piazza Piazza San Marco and details
I did get much closer to Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, whose Renaissance spiral staircase, reminiscent of the Leaning Tower in Pisa, was one of the most recognizable landmarks in Venice, and perhaps the most hidden landmark as well. Off Campo Manin, the Palazzo was hidden in a small alley, and after a couple turns, I arrived at a rather cramped courtyard, most of which was enclosed inside a wrought-iron fence, creating a private patrician green amongst a rather plebeian setting.
Isolated from the crowded neighboring buildings, the Palazzo was deceptively grand as it was definitely beautiful. The view atop of the staircase was reported amazing but the Palazzo was closed to public so I was only able to savor the building itself, and the amazing experience of climbing up the staircase was left to imagination.
People particularly admire its delicate Gothic columns, arched windows and fascinated by the asymmetrical façade. On the ground floor, it had a lovely mosaic covered loggia and wonderful marble statues, constantly under threat of high water and on the day of our visit, it was indeed flooded and closed for several hours but we were able to see it later, when we returned from another site.
Ca' d'Oro offered lovely views of the Grand Canal from its loggia and balconies - every angle of the view was a lovely picture.
More over, it had some wonderful art collections, such as the early Renaissance paintings below:
Madonna and Child with St. John, Andrea del Sarto's Workshop, Ca' d'Oro
Old Pharmacy in Cà Rezzonico
The panoramic views Ca' Rezzonico offered, particularly those on the top floors, were quite breathtaking and dramatic, against the threatening dark sky.
The art collections in the Palazzo were fully in line with the peculiar tastes of the 18th century Venetians, decorative, precious but redeemed somewhat by whimsical playfulness and perhaps self-mockery:
Mondo Novo by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Priamo chiede ad Achille, Antonio Canova, Cà Rezzonico
Goldoni, a fantastic playwright and comedian, celebrated for his hybrid style of combining the model of Molière with the strengths of Commedia dell'arte. His lodging, if the arrangement was indeed authentic, was as fanciful as his side-splitting yet never vulgar comedies and sharp observation of slightly pompous and ridiculous Venetian contemporaries of his.
The almost too colorful chandeliers glowed, card table laid, half-covered with embroidered silk frock coat, cumulating in many puppets on the wall and a full set of puppet stage.
Goldoni was really the best known Venetian figure, perhaps, after Casanova. His statue also graced a lovely Campo near where I stayed between Rialto and Piazza San Marco, and a lively and wonderful theater still carried his name and Italian, or better still, Venetian theater tradition.
Statue of Carlo Goldoni, Campo San Bartolomeo (left) and Teatro Goldoni (right)
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- Magical Piazza San Marco in Venice
- Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (La Fenice Theatre in Venice)
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Label: Italy, Austria and Italy Trip 2012