Venice is famous for its canals and gondolas, however, everything would be different without the palaces that lend their facades to this unique urban setting. The city requires getting lost and giving up identifying the thousand and one mansions that appear before the eyes of the traveler. However, there are a few palaces in Venice that are sure to stand out and you wonder what they are called and what happened there . It is easy that among those constructions that especially call your attention are the ones that we present here.

The most beautiful palaces in Venice

1. The Doge’s Palace

If we talk about the palaces of Venice, we must start with the palace par excellence in the city, the most visited of all and one of the great jewels of the already immense Italian historical and artistic heritage. In other words, the Doge’s Palace.

The origins of the building date back to the 9th century, although its appearance has changed a lot between then and now. Not in vain was it the residence of the doge, the great governor of Venice in times of prosperity and opulence . But in addition to his house, his retinue also lived here, high officials, it was the seat of the magistrates, there were courts and a prison, and also a weapons room.

Without a doubt, the image of the Doge’s Palace, next to the Basilica of San Marco and in front of the lagoon is one of the most monumental images of the monumental Venice.

2. Ca’ Rezzonico

Another of the most emblematic monuments of Venice is the church of Santa Maria della Salute, the work of the architect Baldassare Longhena, well, this architect also built interesting palaces, including this one at Ca’  Rezzonico .

In reality, this palace has undergone numerous changes throughout history, always towards greater ornate ornamentation, albeit done by leading artists in the city, such as Canaletto, Longhi or Tiépolo, who was in charge of painting many of its ceilings. If there is a place where we can get an idea of ​​the pageantry of the Venetian potentates in the past, this can certainly be it.

3. Ca’d’Oro

One of the most beautiful palaces in Venice, which can be seen on the banks of the Grand Canal, is the Ca’ d’Oro. It is impressive for the windows and arched galleries of its pink façade , but it is also impressive for its interior, since this palace houses the wonderful collection of paintings and sculptures by Giorgio Franchetti, a musician from the beginning of the 20th century, who finally donated it to the Italian state.

That is why today you can visit and discover the jewels that this character treasured, a true lover of Italian art, since here there are works by artists such as Andrea Mantegna, Lorenzo Bernini, Tintoretto or the most Venetian and illustrious of the city’s painters, Titian.

4. Mocenigo Palace

One of the great peculiarities of this Venetian palace is that here you can admire the original furniture that the house had in the 18th century . In addition, you will also visit an incredible library that keeps thousands of books. And part of the tour is conceived as the Museum of Fabric and Costumes, where a review of the history of clothing is made.

“Some maintain that the word VENETIA means VENI ETIAM, that is, come back again, and again, because no matter how many times you come, you will always see new things, and new beauties”

-Jacopo D’Antonio Sansovino-

5. Goldoni House

Here we are in front of a Gothic-style façade that was built in the 15th century and that overlooks the Santo Tomás canal. However, this palace is more famous for one of its inhabitants than for its architecture. And that the playwright Carlo Goldoni was born here in 1707, and that is why there is currently a museum that recalls his important work as a reformer of the Italian theater, to which he contributed more than 250 comedies.

6.Foscari and Giustinian Palace  

We’re going to end this very quick tour of the Venetian palaces by going back to the Grand Canal. There are these two palaces of Foscari and Giustinian. Both have two spectacular and equal facades, divided by a street, which at the back is transformed into a central portico .

The attraction is undeniable, and is multiplied when you meet certain tenants who stayed here, such as the composer Richard Wagner who composed part of his famous opera Tristan and Isolde in this place, and, in fact, the musician died here in 1883.

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