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Veneto, Italy Architecture Road Trip

Carlo Scarpa was one of the few 20th-century architects to make a mark on Veneto. T+L steers toward his best designs.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Modern architecture has never been particularly welcome in Venice. Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Kahn were all rebuffed ... more »

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Points of Interest

Well-crafted dishes like house-made gnocchi with baby calamari and spider crab.

Address:
3968 Sestiere Castello
Venice
Italy

Phone:
39-0-41-522-3812

2. Former Olivetti showroom

Instead of the basilica on San Marco, head for a far newer landmark: the showroom architect Scarpa created for the Olivetti company in 1957. Diagonally across from the celebrated cathedral, it’s a jewel-like temple for secular objects. Scarpa transformed a long, narrow space underneath the arcade along the square’s northern flank into a dazzling, ... More

3. Gipsoteca

Venture to sculptor Antonio Canova’s former home and the adjacent museum, partially designed by Scarpa, known as the Gipsoteca. The building provides an airy exhibition hall of white planes and glass, which harmonizes with Canova’s white casts.

Address:
74 Via Piazza Canova
Venice
Italy

Phone:
39-0-36-9397-0018

4. Hosteria Ca’ Derton da Nino

Excellent small-town fare.

Address:
11 Piazza Gabrielle d’Annunzio
Asolo
Italy

Phone:
39-0-42-352-9648

5. Hotel Colomba d’Oro

Colorful lodging near the Castelvecchio Museum.

Address:
10 Via Cattaneo
Verona
Italy

Phone:
39-0-45-595-300

6. Hotel Flora

17th-century palazzo with a courtyard garden.

Address:
2283/A San Marco
Venice
Italy

Phone:
39-0-41-520-5844

Former home of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with a garden overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Address:
298 Via A. Canova
Asolo
Italy

Phone:
39-0-42-352-3411

8. Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The museum has a collection of paintings by Pietro Longhi, is a Modernist reprieve from the city’s Gothic architecture. In the 1960’s, the Veneto-based architect Carlo Scarpa refurbished part of the 16th-century palace, incorporating walls of washed concrete and travertine and a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden.

Address:
5252 Castello, Campo... More

Architect Scarpa’s Museo di Castelvecchio is easy to find—it’s in a hulking 14th-century fortress along the Adige River. From 1958 to 1964 Scarpa reworked the museum, which displays medieval and Romanesque art and ancient weaponry, to make its history come alive by revealing the layers of the past. He inserted modern windows behind the Gothic... More

10. Ristorante al Conte Pescaor

Seafood specialties including homemade tagliolini with king prawns and asparagus.

Address:
544 Calle Larga
Venice
Italy

Phone:
39-0-41-522-1483

The building’s architect, Scarpa drew up a private necropolis on an L-shaped site around the edges of the municipal cemetery. Massive, sloped concrete walls screen out sound and the sight of cornfields and houses beyond. A cubic chapel seems to float in a pool of water at the entrance. The architecture is vaguely reminiscent of Mayan ruins or... More

Lunch on veal cutllets at this spot, located next door to the Castelvecchio Museum.

Address:
34 Via Roma
Verona
Italy

Phone:
39-0-45-806-5169