When telling the history of Venice, women have always remained a bit in the background. However, there is a woman who played a fundamental role in the history of the most Serene Republic. This is the amazing story of Caterina Cornaro, the queen of Cyprus who abdicated the throne for the sake of Venice.
Also the visit of the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Venetian government. with its gorgeous rooms and grand paintings, can become an exciting tour for children thanks to statues of Greek and Roman Gods, a considerable collection of weapons and with thrilling stories about the Bridge of Sighs and the dark cells of the Prison.
Palazzo Mocenigo by San Stae in Venice is a 17th century palace that offers an insight into an authentic aristocratic palace with paintings, chandeliers, baroque and rococo pieces of furniture, textiles and costumes. We can also discover there a lot about the history of perfume and the important role Venice played in this trade.
The restoration and reorganization by the Swiss architect Mario Botta of a new ‘wing’ in Palazzo Querini Stampalia lasted for nearly 30 years. Botta redesigned the spaces of the homonymous Foundation that managed over the years to buy progressively several buildings on the eastern side of the Renaissance Querini Stampalia Palace.
There is a marvelous palace facing the Grand Canal in Venice, between the Accademia and Ca’ Rezzonico. It is called Palazzo Rocca Contarini degli Scrigni: a lot of names, a lot of history: it’s an experience you will never forget.
Do you like music? Do you like to see how it is miraculously produced? The Museum of Musical Instruments of the Venice Conservatory displays a number of musical instruments, nice to look at yet more or less mysterious to the non-expert eye. Observing them, though, might open a glimmer of light and, maybe… pierce through darkness…