Favorite thing: As you take Vaporetto #1 down the length of the canal there are so many architectural details that it impossible to record them all. If you try, be sure to get a map with pictures on it so that you will know what it is that you took a photo of when you get home. Otherwise you may find yourself looking at the pictures and thinking - why did I take that? Or What in the world is that?
The Canale Grande is the most famous waterstreet in Venice. It meanders more than 3,5 km through all six districts of the historic city centre. Only three bridges cross the Canale Grande.
A trip with the vaporetti (water buses) #1 or #82 from the train station (Ferrovia) to St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) offers scenic views of the historic facades along the Canale Grande.
In my junior year of college I took a semester of modern art, and learned to love the pictures of the impressionists - Renoir, Van Gogh and especially Turner.
Seeing the Grand Canal in person was like having a Turner painting come into focus
Fondest memory: These are the five pictures I took which I think are most likely to become a Turner painting.
This palace is situated in front of the train station Santa Lucia, on the other shore of the Grand Canal, and on the beginning of it.
This is also called Palazzo Emo, and it was built in the last period of the 18th century.
The plans of the palace were created by the engineer Andrea Tirali.
One supposes that this palace was the birthplace of Angelo Emo, the last Venetian fleet admiral.
Ca’ d’Oro (The Golden House) is one of the most beautiful palaces on the shore of the Grand Canal, in Venice.
The monumental façade of the edifice is an art piece from white marble, with numerous ornamental structures.
The house was built in Gothic style, with pointed arc windows, turrets, and marble decorations.
The construction of the palace began in 1721, under the order of the patrician Marino Contarini, and was finished and inaugurated in 1731, ten years later.
The ornamental elements of the palace were created with the most expensive colours from this time period: vermilion, ultramarine-blue, and gold leaf.
The house was ruined along the time, and the bad period for it began in the year 1847, as the Russian prince Trubetzkoy bought the house for his lower, the ballerina Maria Taglioni, and arranged the complete rebuilding of it.
Many artists of that time protested against, but they could not prevent this action.
The building was rescued at the end of the 19th century, when the Baron Franchetti bought and restored it, following the original plans.
At present, the collections from the Galleria Franchetti are here, in the big rooms inside of the house.
Numerous art piece, made by the famous artists, Andrea Mantegnas, Tullio Lombardo, Giordione or Tizian, are exposed here.
The beautiful edifice with superb loggias with view above the Grand Canal is a masterpiece of architecture and art.
Adress: Ca' d'Oro, Venice
Phone: 041 523 87 90
Vaporetto 1, Station: Ca' d'Oro
This palace is built in Baroque style with many columns at the windows and many building sculptures.
The plans of the imposing façade were made by the architect Baldassare Longhena, under the order of the Venice Doge Giovanni Pesaro.
The construction of the palace began in 1642 and the building was inaugurated in 1710, after 58 years.
The old architect dead in the year 1682, before the end of the construction, and the plans and the building were finished by Antonio Giaspari.
At the present, the Modern Art Museum (Galeria d’Arte Moderna) is here, in the inside of the palace, with numerous art collections from 19th century.
The Oriental Art Museum (Museo Orientale) is also here. A great attraction is the collection of Japanese Art, from the time period 1600-1868.
The Duke de Barbi brought these art pieces from Japan, in the 19th century, as he came back from there.
Adresse: Fundamenta Ca' Pesaro
Phone: 041 524 11 73
Vaporetto 1, Station: San Stae
This palace is a very big edifice that was the residence of the Archduke Friedrich of Austria.
He deceased here, in this house in the year 1836.
The superb building is a masterwork of architecture and an important part of the whole architectural ambiance of the city.
You can look at the imposing construction, from the Accademia Bridge. From here you have a superb view of it.
The beautiful palace was built in the year 1442 in Gothic style.
The old façade of the edifice has some peculiarities in contrast to other building near to it.
The arcade windows are a superb architectural conception, with white ornamental elements, a real art piece.
In the courtyard of the palace there is an external stairway that makes the connection between the three floors of the building.
The Palace Barbarigo, situated at the corner between the Canale Grande and the Campo San Lio, was built in the 16th century.
The original frescos on the façade were destroyed along the time and remained none of them.
The actually cover-up of the palace was shaped in the 19th century, after the cartons of Giulio Carlini.
The paintings and the mosaics on the frontal site of the edifice were created by the artists Giorgione, Tizian, Pordenone, Tintoretto and Veronese.
Vaporetto Station: San Stae
Palazzo Vendramin Calergi is a very imposing building, made in earlier renaissance style, in Venice, on the shore of the Canale Grande.
In 1500, the architect Mauro Codussi created the plans and began the construction of the palace, and in 1509, Tullio Lombardo finished the building.
The façade of the palace is a model of elegance and imposing, with the white columns at the entrance and around all the windows.
The salons in the insides of the palace are ornate with wonderful frescos and architectural structures covered with gold.
The Casino Municipale of Venice is placed at the moment in the inside of this palace.
This important house of the city was the place where Richard Wagner deceased in the winter of the year 1883.
Vaporetto Station: San Marcuola
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