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Ca'Foscari Tour

#117 of 439 Tours in Venice
Venice, Italy
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About Ca'Foscari Tour
With Ca' Foscari Tour, a service of guided tours of Foscari building, visitors have the unique chance to see the largest bend of the grand canal from the second noble floor of the historical seat of the University Ca' Foscari of Venice. Through an interesting itinerary of the palace, visitors can discover the ancient history of the palace that since centuries enchant artists and guest from all over the world.
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Maggi713 wrote a review Jun 2018
Baltimore, Maryland10220 contributions1141 helpful votes
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I was so excited to read that Ca’Foscari gave tours of the university. I have always been intrigued by the beautiful palaces that sit on the Grand Canal and this is one of them. We met Elena on Saturday morning for our tour. It cost € 7 each to attend. There were only a total of 8 people on our tour, which made it more personal by Elena. The school is celebrating 150 years - 1868-2018. Some highlights of the tour were: they have the 2nd largest courtyard after the Palazzo Ducale; they originally offered 3 courses – Business, Diplomacy and Language; Foscari was the Doge for 30 years; and he was 53 when he became a Doge. After a brief history, we were shown the most stunning Mario Baratto Room – “Aula Baratto”. The wide view on Canal Grand offers a majestic view of the Rialto Bridge on the left and the Accademia Bridge on the right. In 1936, Carlo Scarpo completely redesigned it. Carlo Scarpo work is easily recognizable by the style of the wooden windows, the furniture and the marble stage. The fascist work ‘Venice, Italy and Scholarship’ of Mario Sironi remained however on the wall. In 1956, Scarpa converted the large aula into a smaller room for lectures. His woodwork which separates the corridor from the aula is very fine. In addition to Ca’ Foscari, we were able to tour the Ca’ Dolfin. The 16th century Ca’ Dolfin is located on the other side of the Rio di Ca’ Foscari and was acquired by the university in 1955. You enter into a lovely, quiet garden. The impressive Aula Magna Silvio Trentin is now the main location for large events. As soon as you enter, look up and take in the sumptuous ceiling painting with 18th century frescoes. You feel really overwhelmed by the colors and images. One remarkable detail is the sculpture of a dolphin above the door. It refers to the Dolfin family who originally owned the building. Unfortunately, the 10 original wall paintings of the Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo had been sold by one of the former owners. The mirrors which now decorate the walls hide these empty spaces perfectly. From the terrace, you have lovely views of the rooftops and churches of Venice.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from CaFoscariTour, Staff di Ca' Foscari Tour at Ca'Foscari Tour
Responded Sep 27, 2018
Dear Guest, Thank you for these precious words! We are delighted to know that the visit was interesting for her. We hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Giada S.
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JRC1963 wrote a review Jul 2016
Callington, United Kingdom119 contributions44 helpful votes
A very interesting tour of what was the home of the Foscari family, and is now part of the university. The tour was conducted/guided by one of the students and included a good deal of the history of the building, the surrounding area, and Venice in general. Highly recommended...
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Response from Ufficiotour, Public Relation officer at Ca'Foscari Tour
Responded Jul 28, 2016
Dear visitor, Thank you so much for your review about our guided tour. Follow our social accounts in order to keep in touch with us! facebook.com/cafoscaritour instagram.com/cafoscaritour twitter.com/cafoscaritour Gloria S. - URP
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Anne O wrote a review Jul 2016
Worcester, United Kingdom24 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a great opportunity to see inside Ca' Foscari and (on some days) Ca' Dolfin, two important Venetian palaces which are now university buildings. Our guide was an economics student who spoke excellent English and knew her stuff. Really enjoyable and informative. The view over the bend of the Grand Canal from Ca' Foscari is stunning. €5.50
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Date of experience: May 2016
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ClioChicago_Illinois wrote a review May 2016
Fort Wayne, Indiana1181 contributions169 helpful votes
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Take the time to book a tour for yourselves if at all possible. Your guide will be a very knowledgeable university student. You will get to see the work of Scarpa, Sironi, and de Luigi, as well as anonymous Medieval and Renaissance masters. If needed, an elevator is available.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Response from Ufficiotour, Public Relation officer at Ca'Foscari Tour
Responded Jun 3, 2016
Dear guest, Thank you for your kind words! Ca' Foscari Tour staff
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Jenni R wrote a review May 2016
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom29 contributions15 helpful votes
If you are a fan of Carlo Scarpa then this tour will not disappoint. The girl who led our tour was great. very knowledgable, very helpful and super sweet. Great value.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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Response from Ufficiotour, Public Relation officer at Ca'Foscari Tour
Responded Jun 3, 2016
Dear guest, Thank you so much! Hope to see you another time in Venice! Kind regards, Ca' Foscari Tour staff
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