Carlo Goldoni's House

 

in short

Palazzo Centanni is the house where Carlo Goldoni was born in 1707. It contains a small museum dedicated to him, a small puppet-theatre from the 18th century and offers modern ways to approach the writer. It also hosts the Centre of Theatrical Studies.
Museo Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Facciata
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Carlo Goldoni's House

in detail

Palazzo Centanni, at San Polo, is the house where Carlo Goldoni was born in 1707. It contains a small museum dedicated to him, a small puppet-theatre from the 18th century and offers modern ways to approach the writer. Today, the museum of Casa Goldoni is a magical, theatrical place, in which all the resources of modern museum design have been renewed and exploited to safeguard the fabric of this unique Gothic palace, but also to provide visitors with an interactive layout. The new layout dedicates the three rooms of the first floor to the main themes in the theatre of Carlo Goldoni. Original period paintings and furnishings appear in carefully-created Scenery settings that are built around some famous plays written by Carlo Goldoni. From the Salon, visitors can access to the videotheque, to watch the documentary on Carlo Goldoni’s life “A Venetian between World and Theatre”. For those interested in delving further into reading those texts by Carlo Goldoni introduced by the exhibition itinerary and, furthermore, broadening knowledge on his entire theatre production, it is possible to access the Library of the Centre for Theatre Studies, on the third floor of Goldoni’s House. With over 30,000 works on theatrical art, this is nowadays one of the main libraries specialised in this field and it represents one of the centres of highest importance in the international area of studies on this topic.
Ca' Centanni - Carlo Goldoni's House
Ca' Centanni, better known as "House of Carlo Goldoni", built in the 15th century, is a typical Gothic palace, but still presenting the layout and typical elements of civil Venetian architecture between the end of the 14th and the early 15th century in spite of its several renovations. The wide and well proportioned palace facade curves in order to follow the bend of the narrow canal it overlooks. The dominant element is the lovely quadruple-mullioned window with its slender columns and inflected arches in correspondence with the main, or noble floor. The ground floor, where the typical terracotta flooring confers a pleasantly old-fashioned and multi-coloured appearance, is composed of the porticoed hall towards the water-gate and by the suggestive courtyard with its open stairway supported upon progressively shrinking pointed arches, with a handrail in Istrian stone and simple small cylindrical columns, a little lion and a pine-cone. The upper floors feature a small throughsalon (the traditional “portego” or lobby in Venetian houses) onto which the other rooms of the house open.
Admission
Full price: 5,00 eur. Reduced: 3,50 eur
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Ca' Centanni - Carlo Goldoni's House
San Polo 2794
30125 Venice
Italy
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Opening Times

Sun
10:00 - 17:00
Mon
10:00 - 17:00
Tue
10:00 - 17:00
Wed
-
Thu
10:00 - 17:00
Fri
10:00 - 17:00
Sat
10:00 - 17:00
From April 1st to October 31st: 10 am – 5 pm (ticket office 10 am – 4.30 pm). From November 1st to March 31st: 10 am – 4 pm (ticket office 10 am – 3.30 pm). Closed on Wednesdays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st

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