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Naval Historical Museum of the Italian Navy
Riva S. Biasio, Castello 2148, 30122 Venice
27 MARCH 2018: CLOSED
The Naval Historical Museum of the Italian Navy will be only partially accessible due to renovation works.
You may visit the SHIP PAVILION - Rio della TANA, Castello 2162c
The Naval Historical Museum of the Italian Navy is preserved as an exhibition space dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the past:
" ... to manifest the bold spirit of the Italian naval tradition across the ages " (Royal Decree 1919)
The museum is currently housed in a fifteenth-century building that was once the “Granary” of the "Serenissima" Republic of Venice, in Campo San Biagio, near the Arsenal, part of which is still under the jurisdiction of the Italian Navy today. The memory of its splendour lives on in the Naval Historical Museum of the Italian Navy, the most important museum of its kind in Italy. In addition to the main building, with 42 exhibitions spaces on five floors, the museum also features the Ship Pavilion, located in the former ancient “oar workshops” of the Arsenale.
Rio della Tana Castello 2162/c, Venice, near the Arsenal bridge. ACTV Vaporetto: Lines 1, 4.1, 4.2, get off at the Arsenale stop.
The Oar Workshop. The structure, which now houses a detached section of the Venice Naval Historical Museum’s collection of historic ships, consists of three buildings arranged in a row, and a fourth, of similar size, orthogonal to the first three. The building was constructed in the mid-sixteenth Century as a workshop to make and store oars. Shortly after it was completed in 1577, it was temporarily adapted to house the Great Council, the main governing body of the city, following the disastrous fire that destroyed much of the Doge’s Palace and made it unfit to be used for a long time. The rooms continued to serve substantially as a specialized workshop for the production of oars, supported by a blacksmith’s forge and storage spaces, through the mid-nineteenth century. Following the reorganization of the Arsenal which began in 1866, the year that Venice was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy, the premises were used as storehouses and workshops by the Military Engineers. During this period the roofing was restored, with the introduction of an interesting bidirectional system of iron ties that reinforced the wooden roof trusses. Since 1980, the former spaces of the oars workshop have been known as the “Ship Pavilion”. They house vessels of great historical importance and are an annex to the museum.
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Opening hours: 8.45 am - 5.00 pm
Querini Stampalia Foundation onlus
Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252, 30122 Venice
Among the most interesting cultural complexes in Venice, the Palazzo Querini Stampalia is the seat of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, created in 1868 by Count Giovanni, and home to a Library, a Museum and temporary exhibition spaces.
The general-reference library is open late at night and on Sundays and holidays. The Museum recreates the atmosphere of a patrician residence, with the eighteenth-century neoclassical furniture, porcelain, sculpture, globes and paintings from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries on exhibit, most of them from the Venetian school. The works on display include paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Palma il Vecchio and il Giovane, Bernardo Strozzi, Marco and Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Longhi and Gabriel Bella.
On the ground floor of the sixteenth-century palace, the area restored by Carlo Scarpa in 1963 has been defined as the most cultured and aristocratic architectural design of the twentieth century; the recent renovation work by Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta completes the profound renovation of the building.
The mission of the Foundation is to invest in culture. It intends to be a production centre based on the study and the enhancement of its historic heritage and the legacy of its museum, and on an open engagement with the most advanced thinking of our contemporary age. An intensive educational programme is addressed to various segments of society, offering new interpretations of the Museum, the exhibitions and the architecture of the building itself, in workshops and educational activities open to the public.
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Open: from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ticket: Venezia Unica City Pass ADULT, JUNIOR / Venezia Unica City Pass SAN MARCO / Full Admission or Reduced admission
Jewish Museum of Venice
Cannaregio 2902\b, 30121 Venice
The Jewish Museum of Venice is not just an exhibition space, but a diffuse museum, an urban and architectural museum complex, unique in its specificity.
Guided tours leave every hour to visit three of the five ancient synagogues disseminated between the Old and the New Ghetto, led by specialized tour guides. The Museum features valuable religious vestments, sacred vessels and furnishings, wedding contracts, a vast collection of silverware from around the world, and interesting examples of Jewish ritual objects.
A new area of the Museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Venetian Jews is soon to be completed, but already open to the public. The museum features a Sukkah, a tabernacle built in 1821 for the “Feast of Booths”. The ‘Monuments to the Holocaust’ by Arbit Blatas, dedicated to the victims of the Shoah, may be admired in the square.
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Museum: from 1st June - 30th September 10:00 am – 7:00pm / from 1st October - 31st May 10:00 am – 5:30pm (last entrance 5:00 pm)
Guided Tours Guided tours to the synagogues, in English and in Italian, leave every hour starting at 10:30 am. The last guided tour, from June 1st to September 30th, leaves at 5:30 pm; from October 1st to May 31st, at 4:30 pm.
It is possible that the last tour on Friday afternoon may be reduced or cancelled for ritual reasons.
Guided tours in German, Hebrew, French or Spanish are available upon reservation.
Closed: Saturday (Shabbat) and Jewish festivities, 25th December, 1st January, 1st May
Ticket: Venezia Unica City Pass ADULT, JUNIOR / Full admission or Reduced admission to the Museum / Full admission or Reduced admission to the Museum + guided tour to Synagogues
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Corte Contarini del Bovolo, San Marco 4299, 30124 Venice
Hidden in a maze of streets and canals, very close to Campo Manin, along one of the main tourist routes in Venice (railway – Academy), appears an architectural gem characterized by a style that is among Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine: the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. The spiral staircase most impressive and valuable in Venice is a perfect synthesis of different styles: Renaissance (for the use of some elements such as the capitals), Gothic (for the construction technique) and Venetian-Byzantine (for the form).
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Open: every day 10.00 am – 1.30 pm and 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Closed: 15th August, 1st November, 25th and 26th December, 1st January
Ticket: Scala Contarini del Bovolo Full-price Ticket and Reduced Ticket / Admission to Oratorio dei Crociferi
Calle de Ca’ Corner, Santa Croce 2215, 30135 Venice
Ca’ Corner della Regina is the Venetian headquarters of the Fondazione Prada, an institution founded by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli to support contemporary art. The historic Baroque palazzo was designed in 1724 by Domenico Rossi, on the ruins of the palace in which Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus, was born in 1454. In 1802 it was donated by the last heir of the Corner family to Pope Pius VII, housing the Monte di Pietà pawnbroking institution, and after 1975, the Historic Archives of the Biennale di Venezia. In 2011 it was opened to the public by the Fondazione Prada.
Open: from 1st June to 24th November 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last entrance 5:30 pm)
Ticket: Holders of the Venezia Unica Voucher pay reduced admission to organized exhibitions.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Dorsoduro 704, 30123 Venice
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century created by American heiress Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979). She assembled the core of her collection in London, Paris and New York between 1938 and 1947 with the advice of artists and critics. The Peggy Guggenheim collection, which features masterpieces of Cubism, Futurism, European Abstract art, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism, with works among others by Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky, Mirò, de Chirico and Dalì, is located in Venice in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, the former home of the American patron of the arts. The museum was inaugurated in 1980 and presents Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th century art, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, the Gianni Mattioli Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, as well as temporary exhibitions. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is owned and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which also operates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and which is a partner of the Basque Regional Government for the programming of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
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Open: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed: Tuesdays, 25th December
Tickets: Rolling Venice Card holders pay € 9,00 (full admission fee is € 15,00), students under 26 € 9,00, audio guide € 5,00 instead of € 7,00.
San Marco, Campo San Samuele, 30124 Venice
Punta della Dogana
Dorsoduro 2 , 30123 Venice
Both overlooking the Grand Canal, and recently restored by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana are the two exhibition venues of the François Pinault Foundation. They present important exhibitions of contemporary art, with works from the Pinault Collection. The artworks by the most important artists of our time testify to the tireless energy and tenacious spirit of discovery that, over the years, have contributed to the formation of one of the largest art collections in the world.
Current exhibition until 3. December 2017 “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” di Damien Hirst
Open: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Closed: Tuesdays; 25th December
Tickets:Full € 18,00 (valid for both seats) Reduced € 15,00. Free admission on Wednesdays for residents in Venice, students of the Venetian Universities.
La Biennale di Venezia
Cà Giustinian, San Marco 1364/a, 30124 Venice
Arsenale, Calle della Tana, 2169/S 30122 Venice
Giardini della Biennale, Castello (between Riva degli Schiavoni and S.Elena)
For over a century, La Biennale di Venezia has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation, it has been at the forefront in the search and promotion of new artistic trends; it organizes important international art and architecture exhibitions in the venues of the Giardini and the Arsenale, and its Venice International Film Festival, as well as its Music, Theatre and more recent Dance Festivals rank among the finest in the world.
Thanks to recently available new spaces such as Ca’ Giustinian, a venue for events and exhibitions, the Central Pavilion and the new Biennale Library at the Giardini, many permanent new activities have come to join the traditional annual events and its educational activities have grown in importance.
La Biennale di Venezia is increasing its role as an institution that offers a continuous calendar of multi-disciplinary activities addressed to a wide audience composed mainly of young people and students, to the community of artists, to the city and to the Veneto region.
Tickets: Holders of the Venezia Unica Voucher pay reduced admission to the events organized by the Biennale di Venezia.
Ca' Foscari - Venice University
Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venice
A guided tour is available to discover two of the historic seats of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice: Ca' Foscari and Ca' Dolfin.
The tour starts at Ca' Foscari, the home of the University since 1868 and a famous Gothic building overlooking one of the widest curves on the Grand Canal. Built in 1453 for the Foscari family, the building contains magnificent works of art and spaces of particular architectural and artistic interest, including the remarkable work of architect Carlo Scarpa, who completed two restoration projects here in the 1930's and 1950's. He designed the “Aula Baratto”, a space decorated with frescoes by Sironi and Deluigi, and famous for the unique view it offers visitors stretching from the Rialto bridge all the way to the complex of the Accademia.
The Ca' Foscari bridge connects the institutional headquarters of the University to Ca' Dolfin, which was recently reopened to the public after two years of restoration work. The sixteenth-century building is famous for the lavish “Silvio Trentin” lecture hall – an awe-inspiring space decorated with mirrors, stuccoes, and magnificent eighteenth-century frescoes.
Temporary exhibitions from the University's historical archives and other exclusive spaces enrich this tour that offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover the past and present of the Venetian University and its prestigious venues.
Scheduled guided tours: Friday/Saturday (check the calendar for the days that guided tours are available)
Languages: Italian / English
Ticket: Full-price Ticket / Reduced Ticket
Ca' Vendramin Calergi
Casinò di Venezia
Cannaregio 2040, 30121 Venice
Ca’ Vendramin Calergi is one of the most important and luxurious Renaissance stately homes overlooking the Grand Canal. It houses game rooms, a restaurant, lounge bar, function and convention rooms. Built between the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, this charming building is enhanced by a beautiful Italian garden, one of the few with a view and direct access to the main waterway of the city. Work of the brilliant architect Mario Codussi, the building was once the residence of the most influential aristocratic families of the Serenissima and still today, in addition to housing Venice Casino, it is a representative office for the city of Venice.
Venice Casino (www.casinovenezia.it)
Open daily (except for 24 and 25 December)
From 11.00 Slot machines / From 16.00 Gaming tables
Formal Dress Code. Admission is allowed to adults on presentation of a valid ID.
Free Admission included in ADULT "Our Best Deals"
Casa Museo Andrich (Andrich House)
Modern Art Gallery, Historic garden
Torcello Island, 30100 Venice
Casa Andrich overlooks the mudflats and shoals of the Palude della Rosa; from March to September, flamingos may be seen from the shores that offer a view of one of the most beautiful lagoon landscapes in Torcello, in the atmosphere of the splendid 11,000 square meter garden.
The Modern Art Museum
The effervescence of art in Venice from the 1950s to the 1980s, in the home of 2 artists,
Lucio Andrich and Clementina De Luca, where silks, tapestries, glass, sculpture, paintings, engravings, mosaics and furniture are exhibited cyclically, and illustrated in a tour guided by their grandson Paolo Andrich.
Schedule of guided tours: Open everyday with guided tours at 10:30 am - 11.30 am - 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Languages : Italian / English / French
Ticket: full-price ticket
How to get there: ACTV Public transport from Venice (line 12) and from Cavallino/Treporti every half hour at 10 and 40.
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