“Thrusting itself upon the water with a peculiar florid assurance, a certain upward toss of its cornice which gives it the air of a rearing sea-horse”
The impressive Venetian palace you’ll visit with this tour belonged to the Rezzonico family, bankers originally from Lombardy who bought their way into the Venetian aristocracy in 1648 for the very considerable sum of 100,000 ducats (about 2% of the entire annual revenue of the Republic!). They soon became one of most influential families in 18th C. Venice, and had among their members many officers in the highest Venetian political ranks, and even a Pope: Clemens XIII.
The Venetian palace contains the richest collection of original 18th C Venetian furniture, ceramics and tapestries, brought together from a number of different Venetian palaces, woodcarved vaseholder, and several incredible original frescoed ceilings, including 2 voluptuous composition by Giambattista Tiepolo intended to glorify the Rezzonicos, and to proclaim their merit.
A large number of Settecento paintings has been gathered on the 2nd floor: here you can find the only two Venetian views by Canaletto to be seen in the public collections of the city.
The palace was the house that Robert Browning considered as “a corner of my old age”. Here the poet died in 1889 while visiting his son Pen, who owned the palace for some years.
DURATION: 2 hours
THE PRICE OF A VENETIAN PALACE GUIDED TOUR INCLUDES:
- the service of a certified tour guide
- admission to Ca’ Rezzonico