Festival venues

The Glass Cathedral Santa Chiara Murano

The Ex Chiesa di Santa Chiara Murano – a newly restored medieval church on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy – offers visitors an experience of authentic Murano glass and Venetian arts and culture such as does not exist anywhere else in Venice. Here you can see live demonstrations of Murano glass making by contemporary glass masters, create your own perfumes using the perfume bottles made in our Furnace or sip a glass of wine while watching our Glass Masters at work.

THE GLASS CATHEDRAL SANTA CHIARA
FONDAMENTA DANIELE MANIN 1, 30141 MURANO
VAPORETTO : MURANO COLONNA
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA
LINE 3 (22 MIN.)


Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The Foundation Giorgio Cini is a non-profit cultural institution based in Venice, Italy. It was constituted by Vittorio Cini, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore (devastated after 100 years of military occupation) and of creating an international cultural centre that would re-integrate the Island into the life of Venice.
«The Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s mission is to promote the redevelopment of the monumental complex on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and encourage the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in its surrounding territory.»
The creation of the Foundation was one of the most considerable private initiatives of the 20th century. The importance of this undertaking was borne out by the initial investment committed to rehabilitate the Island and by the many events the Foundation has promoted or hosted since. It is further substanstiated by the cultural patrimony conserved on the Island and, since 1984, at the Gallery of Palazzo Cini at San Vio.
Alongside the Foundation’s commitment to its own research and the conferences and seminars growing out of this work, the Island welcomes events sponsored by distinguished cultural and scientific organisations. It has even been the site of major international summits (most importantly the G7 in 1980 and 1987).
The role of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini is attested by the many highly esteemed intellectuals, artists, politicians and economists who have been involved in its programme, and by the recollections of scholars and guests who have spent time on the Island.

FONDAZIONE GIORGIO CINI
ISLAND OF SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE, VENICE
VAPORETTO : SAN GIORGIO
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 2 (40 MIN.)


Squadratori Hall – Arsenale

A symbol of power of Venice, an absolutely singular building, the Squadratori, with an equally singular and fascinating history. The site, where it stands, originally hosted a first building of the ‘500, intended for the reception of the timber chosen for the construction of naval units.
Before the partial demolition, the building was the most impressive construction of the entire Arsenal: along 147m, 28th wide, 1680th on the gutter and 22nd on the top, it consisted of a single large room limited by thirteen arcades , Rhythm from circular eye windows.
Inside there were squads, specialized arsenals in the squad of boards obtained from the logs of oak, acacia, fir, larch, beech and walnut, tree species for the construction of ships.
After joining the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, the Arsenal suffered a profound reorganization and upgrading. During the 1880s, the squadron’s building was affected by changes that deeply changed the original appearance and layout: the total length was reduced to 86.50 meters by the felling of the north face and five subsequent arches, Substantial changes that, however, did not diminish the charm.
To ensure the security conditions, it was first and foremost necessary to carry out a series of works and services to the proper functionalization of the environment, all with the priority to preserve and protect an architectural good from the inestimable historical-artistic value.
At the end of these works, the room was reborn from its ashes, returning to the eyes of Venice as a splendid Phoenician Arab: an exceptional result, achieved within a short 9-month period, including the design and commissioning phases.
I’m currently studying events that will be hosted in the Squad Room in the future. The potential is immense, the charms as well.

SALA SQUADRATORI – ARSENALE
CASTELLO 2409, 30122 VENEZIA
VAPORETTO : ARSENALE
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 4.1 (25 MIN.) | LINE 5.1  (25 MIN.)
LINE 1 (40 MIN.)
ON FOOT (35 MIN.)


Pietà Church

The church, on the waterfront a few hundred yards from Piazza San Marco, is Santa Maria della Visitazione, better known as La Pietà, or often simply the “Vivaldi church“, since it was at this Foundling Hospital that the composer Antonio Vivaldi, taught for many years.
Vivaldi was born close by the Pieta in 1678. His father was a barber who also played in the orchestra of the church of San Marco. Vivaldi soon became a virtuoso violinist, on occasion deputizing for his father. In 1703 he was ordained as a priest, a choice probably dictated by his wish to pursue a musical career. That autumn he became Violin Master at the Pieta, one of the city’s four great Foundling Hospitals.

CHIESA DELLA PIETA’
CASTELLO 30122 VENEZIA
VAPORETTO : SAN MARCO SAN ZACCARIA
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 4.1 (22 MIN.) | LINE 5.1  (22 MIN.)
LINE 1 (40 MIN.)
ON FOOT (35 MIN.)


Santa Sofia Church

Desired in this position by the noble family Gussoni and Giorgio Tribuno in 1020, it had in its first construction three aisles with octagonal apses. The church was very much loved by the musician Benedetto Marcello, who for it composed many of his famous Psalms. In this church he wanted his funeral to take place. The interior is basilic with the dome attached to the arms, and has maintained the three aisles, with full arches of nave and presbytery. On the sides of the entrance and the main altar there are four marble statues of the circle of Antonio Rizzo, dating from the second half of the fifteenth century.

CHIESA DI SANTA SOFIA
CANNAREGIO, STRADA NUOVA
CAMPO SANTA SOFIA, 30121 VENEZIA
VAPORETTO : CA’ D’ORO
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 1 (12 MIN.)
ON FOOT (15 MIN.)


Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi

Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi is a residential palace dating back to the 16th century which, over the centuries, has been added on to by various noble Venetian families and is one of the most evocative and beautiful palaces in the city of Venice.
Sumptuous and possessing particular charm, Ca’ Zanardi is located in a most peaceful setting and has its own delightful private garden as well as a magni cent terrace full of sun and colours.
Ca’ Zanardi is located close to the Ca’ D’Oro, the splendid 15th century gothic palace along the Grand Canal. It is easily reachable by foot, after a two minute walk from the Ca’ D’Oro water bus stop, or by boat using the palazzo’s private pier positioned along the fetching Santa Caterina canal.
The re ned elegance of the palazzo’s halls and common areas and the delicacy of its original 16th century furnishings create a fascinating setting.

PALAZZO CA’ ZANARDI
CALLE ZANARDI 4132
CANNAREGIO 30121 Venezia
VAPORETTO : CA’ D’ORO
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 1 (12 MIN.)
ON FOOT (15 MIN.)


 San Felice Church

The church was founded during the X Century , by Gallina Family. The structure of the building was restored the first time in XII Century , and in 1531 was completely re-built following the forms of Venetian renaissance. The tresures of the church were stolen during XIX Century so now it is almost completely white,  but some canvases were saved, among them a pala by Tintoretto portraying S. Demetrio.

CHIESA DI SAN FELICE
CANNAREGIO, STRADA NUOVA
CAMPO SAN FELICE, 30121 VENEZIA
VAPORETTO : CA’ D’ORO
FROM PIAZZALE ROMA & FERROVIA
LINE 1 (12 MIN.)
ON FOOT (12 MIN.)