To Be or to Appear: Ca’ Rezzonico and Casanova

Visit Ca' Rezzonico to discover the glory of Venice in the 18th Century

To Be or to Appear: from Casanova’s Haunts to the Rezzonico Home

This itinerary starts with a fascinating walk dedicated to eighteenth-century Venice. It starts with discovering Casanova’s haunts around Campo Santo Stefano before arriving at Ca’ Rezzonico, one of Venice’s most sumptuous palaces.

The ballroom of Ca' Rezzonico

Ca’ Rezzonico’s Ballroom

In order to pay for the considerable military expenses needed to fight the Turks during the seventeenth century, the Serenissima Republic conferred the noble rank to over a hundred families willing to donate conspicuous sums of money to the state coffers.

The new patricians set about creating a display of splendour which was translated into grandiose architectural and decorative works. Consequently, the city became full of new palaces and innumerable works of art.

The Rezzonico family, originally from Como, bought their noble title in 1687. In 1750 they bought and completed the monumental palace on the Grand Canal, which would become one of the most extraordinary outcomes of the encounter between ambitious clients and excellent artists. This can be seen today in the frescoes by Tiepolo, Guarana and other figures of the Venetian Baroque.

Tiepolo's fresco The Allegory of Merit

Tiepolo: Allegory of Merit

The building was bought by Venice City Council in 1935 and became the Museum of Eighteenth-Century Venice.

The palace’s décor was gradually supplemented with works from other historic buildings of the same epoch, transforming Ca’ Rezzonico into an exceptional art treasure chest. The prestigious building, its sculptures, the paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, as well as Longhi’s intimate scenes of Venetian customs, document the pomp and spirit of a unique century.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: €150,00

Entrance tickets:

  • Ca’ Rezzonico: Adults €10,00 – Students €7,50

In accordance with the aims of our statute, a percentage of the tour fee will go towards a fund dedicated to the safeguarding and restoration of minor art in Venice.