March in Venice
With winter coming to an end, March in Venice is the subject of our 5th newsletter. As the days are getting longer, we want to share with you some ideas for a few wonderful walks you can take not far from Ca Pisani.
Each one is to places that are great examples of architecture and design – from the 1910’s onward – consistent with Ca Pisani’s design vision for the hotel (which revolves around Italian design of the 1920’s, 1930’s and later).
When you arrive at Ca Pisani we will be happy to guide you, and with a well marked map in hand we are confident you will enjoy these destinations:
Walking along the Zattere towards Punta della Dogana (Francois Pinault’s contemporary art collection, housed in the historic Custom’s House with a fabulous redo by Japanese architect Tadao Ando), you can admire “Casa Cicogna” designed by architect Ignazio Gardella in 1954. On the other side of the Canale della Giudecca you will see the “Palazzo dei Tre Oci,” (the Three Eyes Palace) with three large Gothic windows on its facade. It was designed by painter Mario de Maria in 1910 and built in 1913: this quirky building is the ultimate in Venetian neo-gothic style, both in its colours and architectural forms.
Venice in March will offer a new exhibition at the Guggenheim Collection (which is close to the hotel):“European Art 1949-1979,” a selection of great post-World War II works, belonging to the museum and rarely exhibited. It will retrace the ‘Venetian years’ of Peggy Guggenheim - the museum is in what was Peggy Guggenheim’s home in Venice and her terrace on the Grand Canal is a great place to spend some time (the museum’s façade is undergoing an extensive restoration, so visitors in March will highly enjoy its reopening!).
Crossing the Grand Canal via the Accademia Bridge, near St. Mark’s, is the Querini Stampalia Foundation (in the Campo Santa Maria Formosa). In 1949 Carlo Scarpa, the famous Venetian architect, designed the ground floor and gardens, making the Foundation one of the most interesting examples of modern architecture in Italy. Querini Stampalia presents contemporary art and architecture exhibits. By the way, in 1957-58, the architect also designed the ‘Olivetti Showroom’ in St. Mark’s Square, which, after many years of closure is now open again to the public.
- For those who wish to explore the islands of Venice in March, Lido offers two wonderful examples of architecture of the Thirties and Forties: the ‘Palazzo del Cinema’ and ‘Casino Palace. ‘The first, where the world-renowned Biennale movie festival is held during the first 10 days of September, was designed and built in 1938 under the direction of architect Luigi Quagliata, while engineer Eugenio Miozzi designed the second in the early 20th century. On Lido there is also the small Nicelli airport, built in those same years and where small, private planes used to land when the island was renowned as having one of the chicest beaches in Europe. Although closed for many years, it recently reopened after a massive restoration, and deserves a visit. Helicopter rides can be arranged from the airfield – and even I, as a Venetian loved the experience! We will be happy to arrange this or any other excursions of interest to you in Venice – just ask!
I would like to thank personally all of you who follow our stories with such enthusiasm: it is great to periodically find new subjects to share in our newsletters for such an interested audience! And we look forward to welcoming you to Venice in March or in the following months!