Located on the Grand Canal just up from Accademia and with it’s own Vaporetto stop, this museum is worth a visit. There are some lovely rooms to see, but what’s interesting is that a lot of them are reconstructions using art and other pieces saved from other Venetian palazzos. Very similar then, to the approach taken by many a National Trust property in the UK – putting in period property to recreate, where the originals had previously been lost, destroyed, removed etc. The third floor “pharmacy” is a highlight in this respect.
There is also a lot of art. The third floor has an amazing collection of Venetian pieces, and the first and second are interspersed with some rare frescoes as other excellent paintings, as well as more modern art. Seek out the two Canaletto’s on the first floor, and one particular two century old Murano glass chandelier – stunning. In many ways, if you do this beautiful house, then this pretty much sums up Venetian life at it’s height and you need not see any other!
Note though, it's not for families - there is nothing for kids to do here except play in the garden.
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